Stir-Fried Holy Basil with Cannabis Leaves


Ancient people’s Marvelous Cook Book mentioned that the Stir-fried Holy Basil has been popular since ancient time. It is believed that it came into existence around the reign of King Rama VII and was brought by Chinese settlers for sale in their a la carte restaurants. The stir-fried holy basil or Phad Kaprao probably became truly popular around 1957. At that time, Thai people used to eat hot and spicy food. Spices and vegetables were mixed together in fiery stir-fries and wild curries. At that time, fried dishes had not really gathered any popularity in Thailand.

Thai people have done away with the soybean paste but kept the basil leaves, chili and garlic and added a whole variety of different proteins to make the dish the firm favorite it is today.

Health Benefits

‘Stir-Fried Holy Basil with Cannabis Leaves’ is a dish with a unique flavor and an enticing, pungent aroma from the cannabis leaves, which also enhance relaxation, cure insomnia and treat epilepsy. Add meat of your choice and stir-fry with holy basil and cannabis leaves to create a new flavor with a hint of spiciness. Pour over freshly steamed rice and enjoy this innovative, colorful dish.

  • ‘Cannabis leaves’ help relax, induce deep sleep, reduce nausea, vomiting and stimulate appetite. They can also reduce inflammation, spasms and have properties to inhibit the growth of many types of tumors.
  • ‘Holy basil leaves’ provide carvacrol, relieve colds and are effective against influenza viruses.*
  • ‘Bird’s eye chili’ has capsaicin that helps soothe cold symptoms, runny nose and phlegm.**
  • ‘Garlic’ is rich in allicin which enhances the innate immune function and adaptive immunity.***


  • minced pork 180 gr
  • holy basil 10 gr
  • bird’s eye chili 10 gr
  • garlic (chopped) 15 gr
  • fish sauce 12 gr
  • soy sauce 12 gr
  • oyster sauce 5 gr
  • black soy sauce 2 gr
  • sugar 2 gr
  • oil 20 gr
  • cannabis leaf


Sautee the garlic and chili in oil.

Add the minced pork and stir-fry until cooked through.

Add the cannabis leaves and flavour with fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar.

Combine all the ingredients thoroughly and serve.

* Jadhav P, et al. Assessment of potency of PC-complexed Ocimum sanctum methanol extract in embryonated eggs against Influenza virus (H1N1). Pharmacognosy Magazine. 2014; 10(Suppl 1): S86–S91
** vonne D., Ofelia G., Guillermo O., José P., & Tzayhrí G. (2014). Determination of Capsaicin, Ascorbic Acid, Total Phenolic Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Capsicum annuum L. var. serrano by Mid Infrared Spectroscopy (Mid-FTIR) and Chemometric Analysis. Journal of the Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry, 57(1): 133-142
*** Moutia M, et al. Review Article In Vitro and In Vivo Immunomodulatory Activities of Allium sativum L. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018; Article ID 4984659.