Spicy Thai Pork Bone Soup with Cannabis Leaves


“Leng” is a part of the pork spinal bones, with a bit of meat attached to the bone. The Chinese word ‘Leng’ means dragon, short for ‘Ye Leng’, meaning dragon spine. This menu is not made from dragons in any way. But when using the word Ye leng, it is because when the vertebrae of a pig are dissected, the ribs are completely taken out, leaving only the long spine from the neck to the base of the tail which is shaped like the bones of a large snake or dragon.So Chinese people call it dragon bone or Ye leng

‘Leng’ has been shortened from ‘Ye Leng’ a Chinese word meaning dragon spine, but the word actually refers to the spine of a pig. When the vertebrae are removed and all that is left is the backbone and attached meat, it somewhat resembles a dragon’s spine. Leng has always been used in soups as it is a very cheap cut of meat and imparts a sweet, mellow flavor. It was originally served as an accompaniment to chicken rice dishes or noodle soup but some diners enjoyed it so much that chefs decided to spice up the soup and sell it as a dish of its own. ‘Leng Zab’, a version featuring lime and handfuls of chilis is currently enjoying great popularity with spice lovers.

Health Benefits

‘Spicy Thai Pork Bone Soup with Cannabis Leaves’ is a spicy and sour menu in which the soup and the meat on the bone are boiled until tender. By adding ‘marijuana leaves’, a mellow flavor that gives a soothing effect, It pairs well with the tartness of the lime and the spiciness of the chili pepper. For patients undergoing chemotherapy, cannabis extract can reduce nausea and vomiting. Moreover, Leng Saap contains a lot of collagen which helps nourish the skin.

  • ‘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.
  • ‘Bird’s eye chili ‘ helps relieve flu symptoms, reduce mucus and phlegm.*
  • ‘Kaffir lime leaves’ have antioxidant effect.**
  • ‘Galangal’ helps prevent allergic reactions, has anti-inflammatory effect , and prevents bacteria and viruses.***
  • ‘Lemongrass’ enhances immunity.****
  • ‘Lime’ helps fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and repair damaged cells from infection.It also inhibits the growth of the virus .*****
  • ‘Shallots’ contain quercetin which helps prevent allergies, anti-inflammation, and protects against bacteria and viruses.******
  • ‘Culantro’ helps alleviate the symptoms of flu.*******
  • ‘Garlic’ enhances the immunity.********


  • bird’s eye chili 20 gr
  • kaffir lime leaf 2 gr
  • galangal 10 gr
  • lemongrass 10 gr
  • lime juice 20 gr
  • shallot 30 gr
  • culantro 5 gr
  • palm sugar 30 gr
  • garlic 20 gr
  • pork backbone 300 gr
  • fish sauce 40 gr


Boil water and add the kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass, shallots and garlic.

Add the pork backbone and simmer until soft and tender.

Add the cannabis leaves and flavour with palm sugar, fish sauce, lime juice. Garnish with bird’s eye chilis and coriander.


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** Chaniphan Butyi. Biological study of the availability and antioxidant properties of flavonoids from kaffir lime leaves in vitro and their potential to prevent chromosomal rupture in mice by micronucleus assays. red blood cells [Ph.D. thesis]. Bangkok. Mahidol University; 2008.
*** Russo M, Spagnuolo C, Tedesco, The flavonoid quercetin in disease prevention and therapy: facts and fancies. Biochem Pharmacol. 2012;83(1):6-15.
**** Khaerunnisa S, et al. Potential Inhibitor of COVID-19 Main Protease (Mpro) from Several Medicinal Plant
Compounds by Molecular Docking Study. Preprints 2020
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********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.