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Thailand tightens use of hemp and CBD in foods three months after decriminalization

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In July this year, FoodNavigator-Asia​ reported that Thailand became the first country in South East Asia to formally legalize the use of cannabis for food-related purposes, after the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced that cannabis and hemp were delisted from the Category 5 list of narcotics in the Royal Gazette.

This legalized the planting, importing, consumption and also usage of these for use in food products, with the caveat that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content did not exceed 0.2%.

About three months on, MOPH has now issued several new edicts regarding the use of cannabis and hemp and cannabis in foods and seasonings, presumably to tighten regulatory control and ensure that these would not be misused for recreational purposes.

“In food products, THC content must not exceed 1.6mg per unit of the product content, and overall cannabidiol (CBD) must not exceed 1.41mg per unit of the product content; whereas in all food seasonings, THC content must not exceed 0.0032% by weight and the overall CBD content must not exceed 0.0028% by weight,”​ Deputy Government Spokeswoman Traisuree Traisoranakul said via a formal statement.

“All amounts of THC and CBD in the food products or food seasonings mist be clearly stated on the product label and packaging.

“In addition, when it comes to the use of cannabis seeds directly in food, edible oils or proteins, the control on the amount of CBD in these is not applicable, but there remains a control on the amount of THC that manufacturers need to pay heed to.