Thailand restricts cannabis plants to 0.2% less only: in line with WHO standards

Thailand legalized cannabis in 2022. While cannabis is legal, strict regulations are in place for THC content. In Thailand, cannabis products with a THC concentration of 0.2% less are considered legal, while those exceeding 0.2% are still classified as narcotics. Substances with THC concentrations below 0.2% sourced from registered producers within Thailand can be used in various products such as food, beverages, cosmetics, and clothing. This THC threshold aligns with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

THC induces psychoactive effects like hallucinations and euphoria, leading to the sensation of being “high.” Hence, many countries restrict cannabis due to its THC component.

Tourism and Healthcare Industries

Thailand’s tourism industry, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, boasted approximately 40 million international tourists and earned around $61 billion in international tourism revenue. It was ranked as the world’s fourth-largest tourism destination. The pandemic caused losses exceeding 100 billion baht. As of 2023, cross-border travel has become easier, and a return to pre-COVID-19 conditions is underway. Additionally, cannabis legalization has led to the rise of activities like cannabis farm tours.

Furthermore, Thailand’s advanced healthcare system with affordable treatment costs has made it a hub for medical tourism. The utilization of medical cannabis in treatments is cutting-edge, potentially leading to further growth in medical tourism. CBD compounds are effective against conditions such as depression, inflammation, and migraines, while THC is effective for issues like muscle spasms, appetite loss, and insomnia.

In Conclusion

Thailand has legalized cannabis, but with a specified THC concentration of 0.2% lower. This value aligns with the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Cannabis products with a THC concentration above 0.2% remain illegal in Thailand. Substances containing THC levels below 0.2% have begun to find applications across various industries, including the medical field.

The legalization of cannabis has led to growth in both the healthcare and tourism sectors. While Thailand is already renowned as a global tourism hub, there’s a growing sense that it could also emerge as a destination for medical purposes utilizing cannabis. The potential is substantial, given the country’s popularity and the expanding uses of cannabis in healthcare.

NOTE: Our posts are not intended to encourage cannabis use; rather, they aim to provide information about cannabis and reduce potential harms associated with its use.

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