• Thai public asked for views on hemp legalization for industrial and medicinal purposes

    Anutin Charnvirakul, the leader of the Bhumjaithai party gestures during an interview with Reuters in Bangkok, Thailand, November 22, 2017. Picture taken November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Panu Wongcha-um

    Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is urging members of the public
    to give their opinions about a draft ministerial regulation, which would allow each household to grow up
    to 0.06 hectares of hemp plants.

    Mr. Anutin’s concept is to make hemp a new cash crop for Thai farmers. The plant contains two
    important chemicals, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD), and is related to

    Currently, hemp is classed as a Category 5 narcotic, in accordance with the Narcotics Act and, hence,
    cultivation of hemp is currently illegal.

    THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts much like the
    cannabidiol chemicals made naturally by the body. CBD is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid
    family which occurs naturally in the cannabis plant.

    Both substances are in high demand for industrial and medicinal use and in the food, drink and cosmetic

    Mr. Anutin’s Bhumjaithai party has been very pro-active in their efforts to decriminalize cannabis and
    hemp for certain applications, and enable the plant species to become a new cash crop to boost the
    revenues of Thai farmers.


  • Hemp, its extracts and hemp seed now delisted from Category 5 drug list

    The Ministry of Public Health has issued a ministerial announcement to delist hemp extracts, hemp and parts of the hemp plant from the list of Category 5 narcotic drugs to make it possible for the substances to be used in food, cosmetics and medicines.

    Under the announcement hemp extracts, such as pure CBD, products mixed with CBD and less than 0.2% of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), can be used in the production of modern or traditional medicines, while hemp seed, hemp seed oil and hemp seed extract can be used in the food and cosmetic industries.

    In the first five years following delisting, hemp and parts of the hemp plant, such as hemp seed, products made using these substances are meant for local consumption in order to promote local producers.

    Food and Drug Administration secretary-general Dr. Tharet Kratnairawiwong said that the FDA Office was in the process of amending the ministerial announcement to make it possible for the private sector to seek permission to produce medical cannabis, as well as cosmetics, using cannabis derived ingredients.

    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is very active in driving the legalization of cannabis for medicinal, food and cosmetic purposes. His Bhumjaithai party made such legalization a key part of the party’s election campaign platform.


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