What tourists should know about cannabis use in Thailand

In Thailand, cannabis was legalized and removed from the narcotics list in June 2022, allowing for general accessibility and use. Many tourists visiting Thailand might be interested in cannabis, so it’s important to be aware of the following information. Please refer to this article before or during your trip to Thailand.

Basic information about cannabis in Thailand

Thailand has been relaxing regulations surrounding cannabis, and in June 2022, cannabis was removed from the narcotics list. This has led to the legalization of home cultivation of cannabis and an increase in the circulation of cannabis-infused food, beverages, cosmetics, and more.

In major cities like Bangkok and Pattaya, there are numerous cafes and shops that sell cannabis, and it’s estimated that there are over 5,000 shops nationwide. It’s easy to find cannabis leaves, edibles, drinks, CBD products, and more.

While tourists can easily obtain cannabis, it’s important to abide by the laws of your own country. The following summarizes what tourists should know:

Prohibition on carrying and importing

It’s strictly prohibited to carry or import cannabis leaves, seeds, or any cannabis-related items out of or into Thailand for personal use. Additionally, possessing products with a THC concentration exceeding 0.2% requires special permission, which is highly challenging for tourists to obtain.

Smoking and consumption of cannabis

When smoking cannabis, do so in designated areas. Smoking cannabis in public places, including schools and shopping malls, is illegal and can result in a fine of 25,000 baht or more.

The use of cannabis buds in cooking is prohibited under food laws. However, other parts of the cannabis plant can be used in cooking and can be consumed at approved restaurants.

Furthermore, individuals under the age of 20, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women are not permitted to use cannabis except under the supervision of medical professionals.

Cultivation of cannabis requires government registration

Cultivating cannabis is legal, but registration through the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “Plook Ganja” app or the government’s website is required.

Commercial activities require permits

Engaging in research, export, sale, or commercial processing of cannabis buds requires official permits. The regulations have been strengthened as of November 2022. These regulations have a significant impact on companies already involved or planning to enter the cannabis industry.

In Conclusion

We have provided information that tourists should know about cannabis in Thailand. With the legalization of cannabis in Thailand, it has become more accessible. When using cannabis, it’s crucial to comply with the regulations set by the Thai government.

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