Chicken's and CBD? What?


Chickens and Cannabis? What the Heck?

News out of "The Thailand Chicken Coup"!

News out of Thailand! Organic chicken farms in northern Thailand have fed their chickens Cannabis for over a year! What? Yes, organic farmers have been feeding their chickens Cannabis. Farmers worldwide have administered chickens with antibiotics to ward off disease for decades. Excessive usage of antibiotics has been a problem that has plagued the poultry industry. Over 70% of the antibiotics developed for chickens are to ward off disease. That turns out to be an outrageous number. This excessive use of antibiotics has given rise to antibiotic resistance chickens that not only affect the birds but also has an effect on humans. While chicken disease research has been focusing on other solutions, including probiotics and immune stimulators, this team of researchers may have found an alternative solution. It's simple, recycles cannabis waste, is affordable, and works! So far, in the limited research, Cannabis has been shown to keep poultry disease-free. This new research is fantastic news for all!

How did this Happen?

It all started with a farmer in northern Thailand who was licensed to grow medical Cannabis. The farmer had accumulated a large amount of cannabis waste (leaves and stalks) and had a thought: could his chickens benefit from consuming the leftover Cannabis leaves? It happens that the academia at Chiang Mai University was also curious. Researchers at the Department of Aquatic and Animal Sciences at Chiang Mai University, with the help of farmers, began a unique experiment in January 2021. This experiment supplemented chicken feed with Cannabis instead of antibiotics. Crushed Cannabis was added to the birds' feed and water, while antibiotics and medicines were halted. According to Chompunut Lumsangkul, an assistant professor at Chiang Mai University, the results are promising while expressing that more research is needed. This research is critical in producing more "organic" feed for our livestock while reducing farmers' dependence on antibiotics. The chickens were given up to 0.4 percent of THC to see the impact and tolerance in the birds. The research showed that the birds tolerated the THC and showed normal behavior. However, they did report observing "high" chickens. The results are not published yet, we are waiting anxiously for the report, but Chompunut has reported positive signs. Further investigation into Cannabis is needed to monitor if it could replace antibiotics in chicken farming. A second study is planned using cannabis extracts containing a higher concentration of cannabinoids to study the effects on diseases in chickens and the long-term effects of Cannabis use.

So far, the research has positive results, and the method seems to work. The research is very encouraging, but researchers point out it's still in the pilot stage. The team indicated many research projects and studies that need to occur before feeding Cannabis to poultry to keep them healthy and strong. 

What has the study shown so far?

The chickens in the study were given Cannabis and zero antibiotics. These are the preliminary observations from that study.

  • Decrease in chicken susceptibility to diseases.
  • Improvement in the quality of chicken meat and eggs.
  • The meat and eggs produced had zero measurable cannabinoid content.
  • Hens experienced fewer cases of avian bronchitis.
  • The quality of the meat improved in both the protein and fat composition.
  • The meat was more tender.


The past few decades have shown us a trend in the market for more organic and antibiotic-free products, especially poultry. This positive reception has consumers looking for antibiotic-free tags on poultry, and farmers are fetching a better price. Consumers are looking for safe products and are sometimes willing to pay double the rate of a regular chicken. This "new" chicken meat, dubbed "GanjaChicken," is reportedly tender and tastes better.

That begs the question- Can you get high if you eat GanjaChicken? 

The fundamental question is can one get "high" on eating "Ganja Chicken"? The simple answer is NO! So my next question is, Why? The chicken metabolizes the Cannabis before being butchered. The study reported that the meat and eggs produced by the chickens did not contain any amounts of THC. Confirming the THC was metabolized in the chicken's body and cannot generate psychoactive effects in consumers. Thai farmers have seen an increase in the value of cannabis-fed chickens because of the improved quality of the chicken meat. Dubbed "GanjaChicken," the meat from cannabis-fed chickens is more tender and tastes better than regular chicken meat. Birds fed Cannabis without antibiotics have sold for twice their expected market value. Antibiotic usage has pushed demand for organically grown poultry, which provides a solution for consumers who don't want to eat chicken meat full of hormones and antibiotics.

Cannabis for animal feed, the rebirth of a new era?

It seems that Cannabis will not only revolutionize our health and wellbeing but also revolutionize our farming techniques. With a more conscious food movement worldwide, people are no longer happy with how the industry has raised and prepared food. Consumers worldwide are becoming aware of industry practices that have put the safety on the back burner and, as a result, are opting for more organic options. The study also raises the question Can Cannabis provide a supplement for all livestock to produce better quality meat without the chemicals? Before prohibition, farmers would recycle their Cannabis and feed it to their livestock. This common practice made healthy and robust livestock! Fast forward to today-should we resume some of the more nutritional farming practices of the past? Consumers today are supporting this movement! With all this, and following this study's excellent results, there is great potential for cannabis supplement use in the poultry and livestock sectors.

What Does This Study Mean for Human Consumption of Cannabis?

What can we learn from this Cannabis study? Can we leap to the human body and suggest Cannabis may help ward off disease as it does with the chickens? Food for thought! (no pun intended) Does taking CBD oil decrease our susceptibility to infection? Does it reduce pain and inflammation? Can taking CBD oil in tincture or gummy form help boost our immune system? So much antedoertical evidence suggests that for over 10,000 years, Cannabis has helped with diseases. That leads us to the recommendation for additional research, evaluation, and clarification on Cannabis. Visit for more information, education, and new developments in Cannabis!



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