Cannabis Seeds in Thailand: Regulations and Import Procedures

In 2022, Thailand removed cannabis from its narcotics list, legalizing its use for medical, industrial, and food purposes. While recreational use remains illegal, new legislation is being proposed to regulate it further.

With many businesses and individuals now able to cultivate and consume cannabis, it’s important to understand the regulations surrounding cannabis seeds. This article explores the current landscape and rules for importing cannabis seeds into Thailand.

Import Regulations

Previously, importing cannabis seeds into Thailand was restricted to air freight only. Additionally, seeds had to be treated with a fungicide, and the phytosanitary certificate had to specify the type and amount of fungicide used.

However, regulations on cannabis seeds were relaxed shortly after legalization. In addition to air freight, seeds can now be imported via sea and land routes. The requirement for fungicide treatment has also been eliminated, significantly simplifying the previous process.

Other regulations and application procedures remain the same. Importers must still apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Specific regulations for importing cannabis seeds:

●Imported seeds must not be genetically modified and must be stored in a clean container free of insects, other seeds, soil, and plant or animal debris.

●The latest import permit must accompany the imported seeds. This import permit must be translated into Thai and English.

●A phytosanitary certificate or certificate of origin issued by the plant health authority of the exporting country must accompany the imported seeds.

Upon arrival in Thailand, the seeds will be inspected to ensure that the information on the documents and application matches the seeds themselves.

Challenges and Considerations:

While the ability to import cannabis seeds via land and sea routes has lowered the entry barrier, the complex documentation process remains a significant hurdle.

Given the various procedures involved, it’s crucial for those considering entering the cannabis industry to find a licensed and experienced partner to ensure safe and reliable seed importation.

Future Changes:
It remains unclear whether the new cannabis legislation will impact the regulations surrounding cannabis seed importation. We will update this information as further announcements are made.


The legalization of cannabis in Thailand has opened up new opportunities for businesses and individuals. However, it’s important to be aware of the regulations and challenges associated with importing cannabis seeds. By understanding the requirements and working with experienced partners, you can navigate the process successfully and capitalize on the potential of this emerging market.

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