Bangkok: Thai businesses are cashing in with cannabis-infused products such as toothpaste, tea, soap and snacks after the government legalized the plant and its extracts this year, sparking a wave of interest in the drug.
“It gives me a deep and restful sleep,” said Pakpoom Charoenbunna32, who buys a beverage containing cannabis from his regular milk-tea vendor.
Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize marijuana for medical use and research in 2018.
Last month, Thailand cleared the entire plant of crime. Recreational use has exploded since the removal of cannabis from its narcotic list.
Officially, commercial products approved by the food and drug regulator may contain cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical in cannabis that does not make users high.
But the regulator limits the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the active ingredient that users high — in any cannabis product to just 0.2%.
There is a long history of using cannabis in traditional medicine to relieve aches and pains in Thailand. Innovators are now coming up with new ideas.
Survut Samphant, owner of Channaharb cannabis shop, has made a toothpaste.
“One of its ingredients is Cannabis sativa seed oil, which contains CBD,” he said.
suravati said the toothpaste helped with gum care and one satisfied customer said it worked for him.
“My gums are shrinking and sometimes they get infected,” said nikom ryanthong who has been using toothpaste for two months
“It solved my problems,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t go back to other brands.
owning to Kanomsiami Sweet Shop, krephet hanpongpipataU.S. has long sold pandan-leaf flavored dishes, but a year ago added hemp leaves to attract new customers.
Crefet said that his customers say that the sweets made from hemp help them get better sleep.
health minister Anutin CharanveerakuliThe main driver behind the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes is estimated that the industry could be worth more than $3 billion within five years.
“I want to see people get rich by doing these products in a positive way,” he told Reuters.
“My policy on cannabis is focusing only on medical purposes and health care. That’s all. We cannot encourage the use of cannabis in other ways.”
Growers of THC-rich marijuana have taken advantage of the push to promote medical marijuana and stalls selling the pot have sprung up across the country.
Anutin said there were public health laws that could prevent recreational use while a cannabis bill is being discussed in parliament.
Crefet said there is a need for more public education on the benefits and dangers of cannabis so that it can be used safely.