As of August 30, 2019 the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) no longer lists cannabidiol (CBD) as a narcotic making CBD oil legal in Thailand. However, that does not come without some caveats.
- CBD (Cannabidiol) extract with at least 99% purity and no more than 0.01% THC by weight are exempted.
- Extracts having CBD as the main constituent and no more than 0.2% by weight of THC, are considered Drugs as per the Drug Act, or Herbal Products per the Herbal Products Act.
These exemptions only apply to CBD produced in Thailand. The exemption will not apply to imported CBD for a period of five years.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and is the chemical that produces the marijuana high. THC and CBD have similar medicinal benefits but CBD does not produce a euphoric high like THC.
Obtaining CBD Oil Legally in Thailand
At the moment, the only option to obtain CBD oil legally in Thailand is to obtain a prescription from a doctor authorized to prescribe medical cannabis and to purchase it from a licensed clinic.
Technically, tourists can bring CBD into Thailand for personal use (maximum 30-day supply) but they will need an import permit from the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as of this time, there does not seem to be an easy to understand process on how to request permission to bring CBD oil into the country.
In order to obtain a permit to bring CBD into Thailand, one would need a prescription from a doctor in their country of residence and documentation concerning the condition CBD was prescribed for.
Again, for your imported CBD oil to be legal in Thailand it would need to conform to the exemptions listed above as THC is still considered a Category 5 narcotic.
This is an important consideration as many CBD products available in the United States and other countries where cannabis is legal often include a much higher percentage of THC than what is allowed under Thai law.
It’s important to keep in mind that these laws that make CBD oil legal in Thailand are relatively new and involve coordination across multiple governmental agencies.
We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
LAST UPDATED 01-FEB-2020