Is CBD Legal in Thailand?
If you’ve been keeping up with our pages, you’ll know we recently published an article on CBD law in Indonesia, which was a little scary, to say the least. But what of Indonesia’s hippy cousin? How do the rules work there? Is CBD legal in Thailand?
First, a disclaimer…
Before we get started, we should accept that in our intro paragraph we bought into a traditional stereotype that’s actually not particularly safe, so we’re clear that up.
Despite its hippy haven reputation, drug laws in Thailand are actually still really strict, some of the strictest in the world, in fact. We don’t recommend taking or using illegal drugs anywhere, but we especially recommend that you read into Thai laws before obviously not doing such things.
The Changing Attitudes Towards CBD in Thailand
Here is where Thailand does step away from its neighbour, Indonesia, and into a more progressive attitude.
While until recently Thailand and Indonesia law had similar opinions of CBD, basically it’s a drug and there’s a hearty prison sentence waiting for you if you use it, Thailand has loosened its stance a great deal recently, which is nice!
CBD is in fact both legal and available for purchase in Thailand at this point. Which is useful, because we wouldn’t necessarily recommend travelling with it (more on that later).
Where to Buy CBD in Thailand
If you are in Thailand and you are on the lookout for CBD products, you shouldn’t have to look far.
The majority of alternative medicine and natural health shops in the country, especially in bigger and most tourist-filled areas, wills tock a wide selection of CBD oils and other products.
CBD isn’t actually that popular amongst the Thai population (yet), so it may be harder to find when you move away from the go-to tourist destinations, but should still be possible.
What About Online Purchase?
Online purchase is a little more complex, so let’s get into that here.
Basically, it is technically illegal to buy CBD oil in Thailand since the law changes, which state that CBD being sold online as a health food is illegal for consumption… except when it isn’t.
While many people in Thailand quote this ruling, many don’t realise there is more to it. As long as the CBD contains a THC content less than 0.2% (the same as under EU regulation), it is actually entirely legal to sell and buy CBD in Thailand.
Can you Travel to Thailand with CBD Products?
Yes, absolutely you can, it is 100% legal to do so. Should you, however?
To be honest, as we mentioned above, we wouldn’t recommend it. There is still some confusion about the differences between CBD and THC in the country, and the last thing you want is to be having that conversation with a customs officer with the added complication of a language barriers.
So for now, as much as you can travel into Thailand with CBD products on your person, we’d suggest probably not doing that.
Is it Legal to grow CBD in Thailand?
While we’re going through the law, let’s tick off the last logical question. Is it legal to grow CBD in Thailand?
This also changed when the law changed, making it legal to grow hemp for personal use, as long as the necessary licenses and permits have been obtained. Basically, get a local lawyer, because you’ll need your paperwork to be all good.
If you are growing (again, only for personal use, anything else is still trafficking) you can only grow one of the low THC content strains that has been directly approved by the government of Thailand.
Basically, this is another one that is technically legal, but we suggest avoiding it.
Our ultimate advice is this, if you’re travelling to Thailand, buy your CBD when you get there, preferably in a shop. It’s entirely legal to do so, and offers the smallest possibility for some unpleasant confusions between you and the local law.
Have you purchased CBD in Thailand? How easy was it for you? Let us know in the comments below.
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