11 July 2024

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has issued three edicts concerning the use of cannabis and hemp, includingcannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in food and seasonings.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisuree Traisoranakul said today (Sunday) that the edicts, which came into force on October 23rd, are intended to tighten regulations on the use of the plants and their extracts in food and seasonings by food producers and vendors.

In seasonings, the amount of THC must not exceed 0.0032%weight and the amount of CBD must not exceed 0.0028% by weight. For other food products, the amount of THC and CBD must not exceed 1.6 milligrams and 1.41mg per unit of the content. The amount of the compounds must be clearly stated on the product label.

The second edict concerns cannabis seeds. The control on the amount of CBD in cannabis seeds used as food, in cannabis oil and cannabis protein is lifted, but control on the amount of THC remains in effect.

The third edict specifies that CBD, which is mixed with other substances which are not harmful to health, can be used as an ingredient in food products.

The three edicts were issued by virtue of the 1979 Food Act,to close loopholes in the regulations concerning the non-medical use of cannabis, hemp and their extracts, while the Cannabis Bill, which was reviewed after it passed its first reading in the House of Representatives, is still pending itssecond and final readings.