Organic Poultry Fetching High Price, Experimental Chickens Fed Medical Marijuana Instead of Antibiotics

Organic Poultry Fetching High Price, Experimental Chickens Fed Medical Marijuana Instead of Antibiotics

  • A Thai chicken farm is experimenting with alternatives to medicine and antibiotics, replacing the treatments with medical marijuana
  • The marijuana has been added to the chickens' feed and water and so far the study is showing very promising results
  • Not only are the chickens organic but they are fetching a high price on the market, with consumers will pay almost double

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A farm in Thailand is trialling an experimental project raising organic chickens and experimenting with replacing antibiotics with more natural alternatives.

Researchers from Chiang Mai University have reported that the use of medical marijuana in the chicken feed has shown some promising results.

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Scientists have high hopes that medical marijuana can replace antibiotics. Photo credit: Manza poultry farm
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The chickens are selling for twice the price on the market with consumers looking for organic poultry willing to fork out the extra cash.

The study has only taken place over a year and is still in the review stage but the use of cannabis appears to be working. The mortality rate of the chickens on the farm is comparable to normal seasons without any bird flu outbreaks.

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The chickens are not given any antibiotics or medicine and Chompunut Lumsangkul, an assistant professor who led the study claims that the chicken meat tastes better and is more tender.

Part of the study has experimented with giving the chickens higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), past that of the legal limits for humans in Thailand. THC is the chemical that produces the 'high' effect of marijuana.

The study suggests that cannabis is promoting metabolic activity and better health conditions which are having a positive effect on the birds' immune systems according to Business Insider.

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