The Food and Drug Administration is drafting a new regulation to allow cannabis and hemp to be used in cosmetics and food products… just not the parts of the plant like the buds that are known to cause euphoric effects.
The move is intended to allow cannabis and hemp to be used for production of textiles, garments, medicines and herbal products, according to FDA secretary general Paisal Dunkhum.
Parts of the cannabis and hemp plants with very low levels of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, such as the leaves, branches, stems, trunks, bark, fibre and roots, will be excluded from the government’s narcotics list, according to the permanent secretary for health Kiattiphum Wongrajit.
The use of hemp seeds and seed extract will be included in the regulation along with cannabidiol, or CBD, and THC at a maximum content of 0.2%, according to Kiattiphum. Only those with permission for the government are authorised to grow cannabis for production.
After the FDA finishes drafting the regulation, the public health minister will then approve the measure and the new rules will take effect after it is published in the Royal Gazette.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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