Thailand’s new cannabis and hemp seed regulations

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Thailand has drawn up new cannabis and hemp seed regulations

In the land of Smiles-Thailand, the legalization of cannabis and hemp seed regulations in recent years has become a public issue. Some people accept legalization, that it has medical benefits and is relatively safe to reason the cannabis extract in comparison with other drugs. Some pointed out that, with a greater number of sales and distribution of cannabis, the number of crimes and violence would increase more.

The cannabis plant has had over the centuries captivated many societies and cultures, communities, and citizens, and many of them have learned to profit by finding the diverse therapeutical and industrial uses of the plant which have, as a result, strengthened economic structure throughout the world. In Thailand, cannabis and derivatives of cannabis and hemp seed regulations have been used for many diseases since antiquity, and in many traditional Thai medicinal remedies, it is a major ingredient. In the past few decades, however, the use of cannabis in almost every country has changed in an increasingly abusive manner.

Thailand has drawn up new cannabis and hemp seed regulations

The Monarchy's consideration

The Thai government finally considered the positive effects of cannabis legalization for medical use and overlooked its negative effects. The law on cannabis was subsequently amended in 2019 to permit the medical use of cannabis – the Act on the Narcotic Account of Rehabilitation of B.E. 2545 (2002) (‘NAR ‘).

The Thai Department of Agriculture is working on a new regulation for imports of cannabis and hemp seeds. Many tap into the CBD or cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive component of then and cannabis, market with parts of the cannabis plant now out of the list of drugs.

According to the Director-General of the Department, Pichet Wiriyapha, the Department is revising its regulations with increasing demand for hemp and cannabis. Cannabis and hemp seeds are also imported by the department for permission. He says that in May they will announce the new cannabis and hemp seed scheme plan. 

He said that in this way, local farmers could be misled to buy false planting strains that could end in debt. To obtain useful information about how to plant and treat hemp, Mr. Pichet said that every farmer who wants to plant hemp should first get advice from the department and also provide tips about the proper hemp strain to be used.

Thailand has drawn up new cannabis and hemp seed regulations
Thai cannabis and hemp seeds greenhouse

The beneficial factors of cannabis and hemp seeds regulations

In the following months, the Department is planning guidelines for planting Hanan in each strain that will yield CBD or fiber. “We have now developed only four hemp strains to increase the fiber yield, but not the higher CBD strain currently needed for cosmetics and health products. This is why we have to actively develop this strain to meet the high market demand.”

The relaxing effects of CBD are well known. While little research still exists to support the claims, many say that CBD can teach anxiety and depression and relieve muscle pain and arthritis. The CBD is increasing in popularity in Thailand, but parts of the plant that are high in the tetrahydrocannabinol psychoactive component of THC are still classified as Category 5 drugs.

He stated that high CBD strains of hemp are usually European and China and need cool weather. The department will develop an environmentally friendly strain. Earlier this year, the Narcotics Control Board agreed to remove cannabis, hemp, and some parts from the list.

The board members decided, along with CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) with less than 0,2 percent of the aggregate gross of the Narcotical Drug List, to remove stalks, roots, and stems from cannabis plants and hemp.

Breaking news for the netizens

The newly announced cannabis part is no longer the Narcotic Schedule 5. The extract containing cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing not above 0.2 percent or THC reside after extraction containing no more than 0.2 percent, including a bark, trunk, fiber, root, or blood leaving without bud or blossom. These parts must be derived from legally cultivated cannabis in Thailand, however.

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