British Columbia

Only in Vancouver? Marijuana oil-infused pizza on the menu

Before this pizza gets baked, it gets baked.

Mega iLL sells special slices to people with medicinal marijuana prescriptions

Vancouver's marijuana-infused pizza

10 years ago
Duration 2:10
Local pizzeria Mega iLL bakes with marijuana oil for those with prescriptions

Before this pizza gets baked, it gets baked.

A Vancouver pizzeria is serving up slices with an extra special ingredient — if you're over 18 and have been prescribed marijuana by a doctor.

Anthony Risling explains that at Mega iLL, on Kingsway at Fraser, you can ask the kitchen to add their special ingredient for an extra $10.

"Basically we infuse it through an oil extraction process, where we drizzle the oil onto the pizza and it medicates you when you eat it. It's a little different effect from smoking it. It takes maybe about a half hour for it to activate."

Anthony Risling is fairly certain that Mega iLL, on Kingsway at Fraser, is the only pizzeria in Canada offering THC-infused pies. (CBC)

One customer at Mega iLL told CBC News the added oil has "a little bit of a tangy flavour" but otherwise doesn't have much of a taste on the pizza.

Risling is fairly certain that no one else is Canada is operating a pot-zzeria. He said the idea came from a trip to Cambodia, where a pizzeria called Happy Pizza used a similar process to add THC to the pies.

But the future of Mega iLL's signature product is in limbo, with hew Health Canda rules on medicinal marijuana coming into effect on April 1.

A last-minute federal court injunction is keeping some of the new rules from coming fully into effect, but the final outcome of the case could take the pizza off the menu.

"We'll still be open regardless. We just might not be able to infuse the pizzas anymore," Risling said. "But we will still be open as a pizza place where people can come and medicate here."

Marijuana-infused oil is drizzled on a pizza before it goes in the oven. The special ingredients costs $10 more per order. (CBC)

With files from the CBC's Emily Elias