The criteria for using cannabis and hemp as food ingredients caught public attention after the government removed the plants from Thailand’s narcotics list in order to boost their potential as economic plants.
The announcement, signed by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on February 25, listed 80 items of prohibited food ingredients from plants and animals, while cannabis and hemp are listed as No. 18.
The list stipulated that the sale or the import of the whole cannabis and hemp plants are prohibited as food ingredients, but the following parts are allowed:
- Bark, stem, stalk, fibre and root
- Leaves without flowers
- Extract that contains no more than 0.2 per cent of cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol per weight in dry form
- Hemp seeds and their oil extract
The announcement is effective from February 26.
Published : February 27, 2021
By : THE NATION