On 30th August 2019, the Royal Thai Gazette published a notification by the Ministry of Public Health delisting hemp and CBD as schedule 5 narcotics. The notification allows the use of hemp extracts with less than 0.01% THC or 0.2% by weight as a component or ingredient in pharmaceutical products, food, or cosmetic products. It also states that bark, fibers, stems, seeds, and seed oil products are allowed if they are produced by a local producer that has been licensed by the Public Health Ministry.
Not all hemp strains have been removed from the schedule 5 narcotics list. The notification states that other parts of a hemp plant outside the narrow categories in the regulation, including leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, saps, and oils, can still be considered illicit items.
Only licensed producers will be allowed to cultivate the hemp plant in spite of hemp being removed from the schedule 5 narcotics list, and unauthorized cultivation is still illegal and punishable by law.
Silk Legal will continue to monitor developments surrounding cannabis regulations in the Kingdom of Thailand. For more information about our cannabis practice, please feel free to visit our website (link to cannabis page) or contact us at [email protected]