Is CBD Legal in Thailand? Info & Where to Buy

By | Updated on December 12, 2023

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Key takeaways:

  • CBD and other hemp-derived products with no more than 0.2% THC are legal in Thailand.
  • It’s illegal to bring or ship CBD products into or out of Thailand.
  • You can buy Thai and American-made CBD products in Thailand online or from brick-and-mortar CBD and cannabis shops.

Thailand legalized cannabis in 2022, adding itself to a relatively small list of countries where it’s legal to use cannabis products recreationally. Thankfully, that means CBD is also legal in Thailand.

So, if you’re wondering whether you’ll be able to buy CBD oil and other CBD products, the answer is yes. But there are some important caveats, like the fact that you can’t bring CBD products into Thailand.

Here’s everything you need to know about CBD’s legality and how to buy it in the Land of Smiles.

The Legal Status of CBD in Thailand

Thailand has cannabis-friendly laws. Hemp, the low-THC variety of cannabis from which most CBD products are sourced, is legally considered the same as cannabis in Thailand.

Under Thai law, hemp is any cannabis plant with less than 1% THC (the compound that gets you high). 

Thailand legalized adult-use cannabis (better known as ganja in the country) on June 9, 2022. This made the possession, cultivation, distribution, consumption, and sale of all cannabis plant parts legal.

As a result, CBD oil and other CBD products also became legal, regardless of whether they’re sourced from hemp or cannabis. 

Having said that, there are some key rules to keep in mind:

  1. Only cannabis extracts with less than 0.2% THC are allowed. This means CBD oil tinctures, gummies, and other CBD products that are made by extracting cannabis plants are only legal if they contain less than 0.2% THC. This rule is similar to the United States, where hemp products are legally allowed to contain no more than 0.3% THC. 
  2. Extracts with synthetic THC are not allowed.
  3. The sale of cannabis products is prohibited to people under 20, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women. 
  4. You cannot bring CBD oil or other cannabis products into or out of Thailand unless you have authorization from the Thai government (which isn’t easy).

How & Where to Buy CBD in Thailand

You can buy CBD oil in Thailand online or in person from cannabis shops.

Buying CBD Online

The easiest way to access CBD products in Thailand is by shopping online. I found several websites that sell imported American CBD products because they have a license from the Thai government.

One such website is buyCBDThai, which sells CBD oils, gummies, and other hemp products from leading American CBD companies, including CBDistillery and Canna River.

I bought CBD oil and gummies from this website without any issues; the prices are similar to those you’d pay in the US, and the shipping took only a few days.

Personally, I prefer this option over buying Thai-made CBD products because it’s more convenient and the quality is higher.

American CBD products I bought online in Thailand.

Buying CBD From a Physical Store

Although most dispensaries and cannabis stores in Thailand only sell high-THC (marijuana) products, a select few also offer CBD oil and other low-THC, hemp-derived products.

Your best bet for finding CBD products is in Bangkok, especially around the Sukhumvit area. That’s because CBD products are a relatively small market that’s mostly popular with tourists and foreigners, who generally tend to stay at or close to Sukhumvit. Here are some specific shops I’ve visited:

  1. Bloom House Cannabis Store near Benchakitti Park
  2. Bloom X Organic Village at Siam Square
  3. Mrs. CBD on Sukhumvit in the Phrom Phong area

You may also be able to find CBD products in other cities popular with foreigners, such as Phuket, Chaing Mai, and Pattaya. 

Thai-made full-spectrum CBD oil I bought from Bloom House.

Types of CBD Products in Thailand & Prices

The CBD products you can buy in Thailand include CBD oil, CBD gummies and other edibles, creams, vapes, and CBD-rich cannabis flower (which can contain over 0.2% THC because it’s not an extract).

In my experience, CBD gummies and oil are much easier to find, whereas the other product types are rarer. 

All in all, the variety of CBD products in Thailand isn’t that great. There are only a handful of Thai CBD brands because most companies focus on the marijuana (THC-rich) market. That’s why I prefer to buy American CBD products sold by some websites in Thailand.

The prices for CBD in Thailand are comparable to what you’d find in the West. For example, I paid about $50 for 1500 mg of full-spectrum CBD oil in 2023, which is similar to what I paid in the United States and Canada. 

Medical Cannabis & CBD Products

In addition to over-the-counter products, you can also access some medical CBD-rich products like tinctures and flower through government hospitals, private clinics, and pharmacies. 

However, these products require a doctor’s prescription and a qualifying condition like chronic pain, intractable epilepsy, or insomnia, so they’re not as easy to access. 

CBD gummies I bought in Thailand.

Thai CBD Product Quality

I’ve tested hundreds of CBD products from dozens of American, Canadian, and European companies. In comparison, the CBD oil and gummies I’ve used in Thailand are not quite as effective. That’s not surprising because:

  1. The cannabis market in Thailand is young. Things that are commonplace in the West, like third-party testing to ensure correct CBD and THC levels, are not yet present.
  2. The CBD market in Thailand is small and mostly limited to foreigners and upper-class Thais who are aware of Western trends. So, there isn’t a whole lot of competition to drive innovation.

Still, I did feel the usual relaxing and mood-lifting effects I get from CBD, so it’s worth buying. They just required bigger doses than similar products I’ve tried back home in Canada.

Again, this is why I prefer buying imported American CBD products online in Thailand.

The History of Cannabis in Thailand

The cannabis plant is native to Thailand. Like in many countries around the world, cannabis was used in traditional Thai medicine for hundreds of years to treat pain, sleep issues, loss of appetite, and other common concerns.

However, when the United States banned cannabis in the 1930s, many countries, including Thailand, followed suit. 

Thanks to the Vietnam War, cannabis rose in popularity in Thailand from 1955 to 1975. American soldiers were big fans of cannabis, and since many American bases were located in Thailand and hosted soldiers away for rest and recuperation (R&R), demand for cannabis was high. 

In fact, some argue that the popular term “bong” — used to describe pipes for smoking cannabis — comes from the Thai word  “บ้อง – “baawng,” which refers to a wooden or bamboo pipe. 

The growing popularity of cannabis among the American military led to pressure on Thailand to toughen up its anti-cannabis laws in the 1970s and 80s. 

Thanks to the ongoing acceptance of cannabis worldwide, Thailand legalized medical cannabis in 2018. It followed up with full adult-use legalization in 2022, becoming the first country in Asia to do so.


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