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Government Agencies In Thailand Sign Agreement To Promote Cannabis

In one week Thailand will implement robust changes to the country’s cannabis policies, not the least of which will be allowing every household in the country to sign up to cultivate low-THC cannabis.

To help encourage the nation’s industry, Thailand’s government previously announced that it will offer low-interest loans to aspiring cultivators, as well as distribute over 1 million free cannabis seeds to the public.

Earlier this week over half a dozen agencies in Thailand entered into an agreement to promote the nation’s emerging cannabis industry going forward. Below is more information via a social media post from the National News Bureau of Thailand:

An agreement has been signed by the Ministry of Public Health and seven other agencies to support and promote the appropriate use of cannabis and hemp.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul presided over the signing of the agreement to prioritize using cannabis and hemp for health and economic purposes, and not for illegal or inappropriate use. In addition to the health ministry, the agreement was signed by representatives from other agencies, namely the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand, The Medical Council of Thailand, and Thai Traditional Medical Council.

The Royal Thai Police, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and the Food and Drug Administration also signed as witnesses for the agreement.

According to Anutin, the agreement aims to ensure that use of the plants is prioritized for medicinal and economic purposes, encourage product diversity, and increase market value. He also emphasized the importance of publicizing the goal of removing these plants from the Type 5 Narcotics List in order to prevent public misuse.

Both plants will be removed from the Type 5 Narcotics List on June 9, 2022. However, any product containing more than 0.2% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extract is still classified as a category 5 substance and is subject to narcotics control and suppression laws.

Anyone who wishes to grow cannabis and hemp must register through the Food and Drug Administration’s “Puk Kan” mobile application, while those who intend to cultivate them for commercial purposes must notify the authorities before starting their business.

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Topical CBD Ointment Efficacious For Psoriasis According To Thailand Researchers

Psoriasis is a skin condition that involves the development of a rash with itchy, scaly patches. The most common locations on the human body where psoriasis develops are the knees, elbows, butt, and scalp.

Unfortunately, it is still largely unknown what causes psoriasis. The current theory behind the cause seems to involve a combination of genetics and environmental issues, however, researchers are still trying to get to the bottom of it.

It is estimated that as much as two to three percent of the world’s population suffers from the condition. Fortunately, researchers in Thailand recently determined that CBD ointment may be an effective treatment for psoriasis. Below is more information about it via a NORML news release:

Bangkok, Thailand: The topical application of an ointment containing 2.5 percent CBD improves symptoms of psoriasis, according to the findings of a randomized, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology.

A team of investigators affiliated with King Chulalongkorn University Hospital and Thammasat University Hospital in Thailand assessed the twice daily application of either CBD or placebo over a 12-week period in 51 patients with mild plaque-type psoriasis.

Areas treated with CBD showed significant improvements compared to areas treated with the placebo. Researchers did not identify any adverse effects attributable to the use of CBD.

“Our results indicated a trend of favorable response in the treatment with CBD, which has emerged as a therapeutic option for psoriasis,” authors concluded. “These outcomes will pave the way for future studies on [the] therapeutic effects of CBD.”

Prior studies have previously shown that CBD may reduce certain types of skin inflammation, including erythemapruritis, and acne.

Full text of the study, “Topical cannabidiol-based treatment for psoriasis: A dual-centered randomized, placebo-controlled study,” appears in theJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology.

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Thailand To Give Away 1 Million Cannabis Plants

The government will distribute 1 million free (low THC) cannabis plants to households across the country to mark a new rule allowing home grow

In a post that went instantly viral, Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul just announced, via Facebook, that he was going to give away 1 million cannabis plants this summer. His goal? To encourage the plant to be grown in every household. About a third of the population works in agricultural jobs.

The giveaway will occur in June, after the new Thai rule allowing home grow comes into effect.

However, this is not a huge free-for-all. Citizens will be allowed to grow cannabis at home for medical purposes only, and even then, not until after notifying local authorities. However, cultivators will not be allowed to enter into commercial dealings with the plants without being specifically licensed to do so. They will also not be able to consume anything they grow at home with a THC level higher than 0.2%

How the government will be able to control such regulations domestically is also unclear.

The move comes as Thailand positions itself, globally, as a source of legal cannabis. It remains the only country in Southeast Asia to do so. Indeed, since 2018, the country has gradually loosened restrictions around CBD and hemp. As of this February, the country removed both cannabis and hemp from the national narcotics list. Cannabis is still technically illegal for recreational use although it essentially has just been decriminalized.

The plants given away by the government will also have less than 0.2% THC in them.

The Great Asian Hemp Revolution

China takes the prize for largest hemp producer in the world – although it is still illegal, with harsh penalties including jail time, to even possess hemp seeds. Thailand is clearly challenging this kind of policy in the region – although it may take some time for their Chinese neighbour to get inspired to come along for the ride.

Regardless, the steady progress towards legalization in Thailand is bound to make an impact – and not just domestically. The entire world is now watching the progress of reform in different countries, and there are few places where the debate is not progressing.

Thailand, however, because of its history with the plant, let alone the recent move to normalize its production, is likely to lead the way in this part of the world.

And in the meantime? Its citizens are going to be very familiar with how to grow the cannabis plant – no matter the percentage of THC found in it.

Here’s hoping other governments – starting in Europe – start thinking this way.

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Thailand To Give Away One Million Cannabis Seeds To Households

When it comes to the pursuit of cannabis reform and establishing a legal, national cannabis industry you will be hardpressed to find a country that is trying harder than Thailand.

Historically, Thailand was home to some of the harshest cannabis laws on earth. However, after legalizing cannabis for medical use a few years ago Thailand has passed and/or implemented some of the most progressive cannabis policies on the planet.

Arguably the biggest example of that will come in June when every household in the country can sign up to cultivate low-THC cannabis plants. Households can even get a government-backed, low-interest loan to get their operations going.

As pointed out in previous coverage on this website, there will reportedly be no limit to the number of plants that a household can cultivate as long as the garden is registered with the Thailand government.

Thailand’s Health Minister, who is one of the biggest supporters of Thailand’s cannabis industry, announced this week that the government will be giving away 1 million cannabis seeds to aspiring cultivators. Per CNN:

The Thai government will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the nation in June to mark a new rule allowing people to grow cannabis at home, its health minister has said.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the move in a Facebook post on May 8 in which he expressed his intention for cannabis plants to be grown like “household crops.”

What Thailand is doing is extremely commendable, especially when considering how harsh cannabis laws still are in neighboring countries. Thailand is located in the same region where people are still receiving the death penalty for cannabis-only offenses.

Hopefully, as Thailand continues to pursue meaningful cannabis policy reform and it proves to be successful it will convince countries in the region and everywhere else on the planet to follow suit.

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Thailand Has Granted 80 Cannabis Licenses

Thailand is getting ready to embark on a unique public policy journey with plans to officially launch a nationwide, every-household-eligible cannabis program this summer.

As of June 9th, every household in Thailand will be able to cultivate low-THC cannabis if they choose to, and according to prior coverage provided on this website, there will be no limit to the number of plants that someone can cultivate as long as they are registered with the government.

People and entities are already applying for licenses, with some already being granted by Thailand’s government. Per Bangkok Post:

The general public and organisations have filed 4,712 applications with the FDA, seeking licences related to the use of either as an ingredient or product.

So far, 80 licences have been granted for the production of cannabis, hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products, including hemp seed oil, dietary supplements, beverages, seasoning sauce, jelly candy and instant food, said the FDA official.

In the grand scheme of things, 4,712 applications is a drop in the bucket for a country that has a population of roughly 70 million people. The granting of 80 licenses is an even smaller drop in the bucket.

However, every country has to start a new program somewhere, and with weeks to go before the program actually launches, it’s likely a safe bet that the number of applications will spike considerably between now and June 9, and along with it, a spike in the granting of licenses.

Hiccups and bumps along the way are to be expected given that Thailand is doing something that has essentially never been tried before. Hopefully the launch of home cultivation proves to be successful and it encourages other nations in Thailand’s region to reform their cannabis laws.

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No Cannabis Plant Limit In Thailand For Households After June 9

At a medical cannabis forum held at Rajabhat Si Sa Ket University this month, Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that after June 9th there will be no cannabis plant cultivation limit for households in Thailand. Anutin Charnvirakul also serves as the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and Bhumjaithai Party leader.

The Bhumjaithai Party has largely led the charge when it comes to reforming Thailand’s cannabis laws and policies, an effort that has hit warp speed in recent years. Part of the party’s campaign platform in Thailand was to allow households to cultivate up to six cannabis plants. However, the 6 plant limit appears to be on its way out and will not be replaced by any plant limit at all. Per Nation Thailand:

Anutin said his party’s campaign promise was to get households to be allowed to grow six marijuana plants for personal use, but he could do better by lifting this limit.

However, he said, the public would have to wait until June 9 because that’s when the Public Health Ministry’s directive decriminalising marijuana goes into effect. The order will have completed the requisite 120 days after being published in the Royal Gazette by then.

The minister added that people will not have to seek permission for growing marijuana, but will have to inform the authorities about the number of plants they possess. He said the registration of the number of plants is required by an international treaty Thailand has ratified.

The approach to medical cannabis policy reform that we are seeing in Thailand is in many ways unique. Thailand used to be home to some of the worst cannabis laws on earth, however, that is clearly not the case now. In addition to trying to boost domestic cannabis production, Thailand is also pushing very hard to become a top legal cannabis tourism destination.

With all of that being said, it is important to note that the cannabis that will be allowed to be cultivated by households in Thailand is low-THC. All of the parts of the cannabis plant are set to be decriminalized in Thailand, and households are going to be able to cultivate enormous amounts of the cannabis plant, yet, the THC threshold for those plants is very low (.2%). To put that figure into perspective, products containing less than 1% THC are already bought and sold legally at a national level in Switzerland.

Still, the new policy that will be implemented in Thailand in June will be revolutionary in many ways. Literally, every household in Thailand will be able to get into the cannabis industry and supplement their household’s income, which is not something that can be said about other countries, especially Thailand’s neighbors. Thailand continues to lead the way for the region, and that is always worth celebrating.

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Home Cultivation To Start In Thailand In June

Thailand is embarking on a bold new approach to medical cannabis policy and industry. Over the course of the last few years, Thailand has hit warp speed when it comes to passing cannabis reform measures.

All parts of the cannabis plant are now legal in Thailand after a recent move by the government, although the policy shift only applies to cannabis that is low in THC.

Households in Thailand will be able to sign up to cultivate low-THC cannabis and sell it to the government under a new licensing program.

The intent to launch the program was announced a while ago, however, it wasn’t until recently that the date was announced for sign-ups. It appears that the first opportunity will come in June of this year. Per TNA MCOT:

People must wait 120 days after the legalization of cannabis or until June 9 before growing cannabis plants at home, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Opening an academic conference on medical cannabis in Bung Kan province, Mr Anutin who is also a deputy prime minister said he promoted cannabis as a cash crop because it could be used for medical purposes and all parts of cannabis plants could be food ingredients.

In 2022, despite COVID-19 situations, there was very high demand for products made from cannabis and hemp in the country and they led to the circulation of over 7 billion baht in the national economic system, he said.

This is good news for households in Thailand that are eagerly awaiting the chance to cultivate cannabis. Rice is the main crop in Thailand, and cannabis will be a great second option for households and farmers.

The government in Thailand is even offering low-interest loans to help people start their cannabis cultivation operations, with interest rates being a mere 0.01%.

A recent survey in Thailand found that half of the adult survey participants have tried a cannabis-based product within the last year.

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Survey Finds That Nearly Half Of Adults In Thailand Tried Cannabis Recently

In many ways, Thailand is now at the forefront of cannabis public policy and is creating a medical cannabis industry foundation that will provide the opportunity for every household in the nation to get into the industry if they choose to do so.

Every household in Thailand can sign up with the government to cultivate medical cannabis (up to 6 plants), and then sell some or all of the cannabis to the government after receiving licensing approval.

Aspiring cannabis farmers can even apply for a government loan to help start their gardens, and at an interest rate of just a mere 0.01% per year for the first three years.

Cannabis that is high in THC is still prohibited in Thailand, however, the rise in cannabis policy reform appears to perhaps be paralleled by a rise in consumption rates according to a new study. Per Bangkok Post:

Almost half of Thais have used cannabis-based products in the past two years, while about 62% say they are interested in consuming such products in the next 12 months, market research and data analytics firm YouGov found.

Their report, based on a survey carried out online on Feb 28 among 2,044 participants aged 18 years and over, found 73% of Thais are aware of the commercial availability of cannabis-based products, which range from beverages, food and cosmetics.

When the survey’s responses were categorised by the age of respondents, they showed 55% of millennials (born in 1981-1996) and 47% of Gen Zs (born 1997-2009) have used a cannabis-based product recently, compared to 41% of Gen X consumers (born 1965-1980) and 28% baby-boomers (born 1946-1964).

To put these figures from Thailand into perspective, Gallup polling found that 49% of adults in the United States have consumed cannabis at least one time in their entire lives, and 12% identify as being a ‘regular’ cannabis consumer.

According to data from 2019, the largest cannabis consumption rates in Europe are found in France and Spain where roughly 11% of people indicated that they had consumed cannabis within the last year.

The medical cannabis industry in Thailand is set to explode, and cannabis industry investors and entrepreneurs would be smart to keep a close eye on the situation.

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Thailand’s Health Ministry Wants To Legalize Cannabis In Certain Areas

Thailand is rapidly becoming an international leader when it comes to cannabis policy. For many years the nation prohibited cannabis in all forms, with harsh penalties being handed out to people caught possessing, cultivating, and/or distributing cannabis.

That has changed a great deal in recent years after Thailand became the first country in its entire region to legalize cannabis for medical use. It was a tectonic public policy shift at the time given that over half of the countries that have a death penalty for cannabis are located in the same region as Thailand.

Currently, any household in Thailand can sign up to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes and sell it to government-licensed cannabis retailers. Aspiring cultivators can even obtain a government loan to help fund their pursuits, with interest rates being extremely low.

If Thailand’s Health Ministry has its way, cannabis reform will not stop at medical cannabis. Thailand’s Health Ministry recently announced a desire to legalize cannabis for adult use in certain parts of the country. Per Bangkok Post:

The health ministry plans to legalise cannabis for recreational use in designated areas as part of a new draft proposal.

Dr Paisarn Dankum, secretary-general of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the ministry wants to maximise the benefits of the plant following its removal from the latest list of prohibited drugs (B.E 2564).

The proposals will allow the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in designated sandbox areas. However, there has so far been no guidance as to what will constitute a sandbox and which areas might be eligible.

Thailand is a beautiful country and has long served as a top international tourism destination. Cannabis enthusiasts from around the world have traveled to Thailand for many years to consume local cannabis varieties, albeit in a fashion that was not necessarily legal.

It’s tough to say at this point if the cannabis ‘sandbox’ regions will be geared towards boosting tourism, however, that’s likely to factor in. Legalizing cannabis for adult use will create jobs, create tax revenues and fees, and boost local economies. That is true in Thailand and anywhere else that embraces adult-use cannabis reform.

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