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Let us begin by answering some of the basic questions one may have in regards to Cannabis, Cannabis products, and CBD oil in Thailand.

Surprising many observers, Thailand recently made allowances for medical Cannabis for those suffering from aggressive cancers and a number of other diseases. Currently, there are some 4000 individuals registered with the government as medical marijuana users.

Is it legal to buy CBD in Thailand online Yes

Due to the changes made by the Public Health Ministry, Thailand has become an importer of CBD oil it can be found for sale in natural health and alternative medicine stores.

Thailand has a reputation for having some of the world’s strictest drug laws and using Cannabis recreationally is heavily advised against.

Since this change in law CBD oil can be easily purchased online in Thailand. One can also enter the country with their own CBD oil supply.

In January 2017, hemp (fibre from the cannabis plant stem) was decriminalised in a pilot project by Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board. In December 2018, Thailand’s National Assembly unanimously voted for amending national laws in favour of medical cannabis. In February 2019, cannabis and hemp extracts were removed from state control and products containing hemp were reclassified in August 2019.

The press echoes the promise of financial benefits, with many articles advancing potential economic gains published in the health section rather than the business section. The market value of cannabis in Thailand is estimated to be between US$660 million and US$2.5 billion by 2024. It is no wonder that multiple segments of society are keen on chasing the ‘pot of gold’ and joining the green rush.

Infrastructural challenges to facilitate access have been partially addressed through the rapid expansion of dispensing clinics. By November 2020, 311 medical clinics were operating, most in Bangkok, although the government has committed to having at least one in each province. This is up from two full-time clinics in May 2019. Despite the growing number of clinics, it remains unclear how many patients currently have access to medical cannabis in the absence of any evaluation of dispensing medical services.

In Thailand, the medical needs of patients and the potential health benefits of cannabis seem to be secondary to the potential economic returns from growing the market. If patients came before profit, we would have seen a rapid increase in patient access and independent efforts to identify bottlenecks and improve accessibility. Experts and officials would be promoting the medical benefits of cannabis. Instead, access to cannabis has been limited, no evaluations have been performed and popular discourse promotes the potential economic benefits for the country, the government, and the business sector.

Stringent government controls have led to licensing challenges. In January 2020, 442 medical cannabis licenses had been issued, over 400 of which were used for distribution — although supply remains an important challenge to be addressed by household production.