The Ultimate Guide to Buying Cannabis Oil in Thailand 2024

Exploring medical cannabis options in Thailand can be an overwhelming experience due to the wide variety of options available. That's why at FRESH MEDIQ, we prioritize your wellness and act as your informed guide. Our goal is to facilitate a seamless transition from traditional pharmaceutical medicine to natural, plant-based alternative medicine, ensuring your journey is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Written by Ian Paskon

November 23, 2023

Table of Contents

1. Navigating Medical Cannabis Options in Thailand
2. Isolated Cannabis Oil vs Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil
3. How Isolated Cannabis Oils Are Made In Thailand
4. How Full Spectrum Cannabis Oils Are Made In Thailand
5. The Two Paths of Cannabis Oil in Thailand

6. Recommended Dosages and Treatment Guidelines

7. The Legal Way To Buy Cannabis Oil In Thailand

8. Your Path to Wellness with Cannabis Oil in Thailand

Navigating Medical Cannabis Options in Thailand

As of 2024, a variety of medical cannabis options are available in Thailand, including plant-extracted oils and dry flower buds. Cannabis oil is considered an extract of the cannabis plant, and these oils can be dropped under the tongue (sublingual) or mixed into edibles for digestive consumption. Dry flower buds are available by the gram and can be used for inhalation absorption. For this guide, we will focus on medical cannabis oil available in Thailand.


Isolated Cannabis Oil vs Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil

Navigating through the realms of medical cannabis involves understanding your options, especially when it comes to potent extractions like cannabis oils.

‘Isolated Cannabis Oils,’ like those made by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), are like the solo artists of the cannabis world. They shine the spotlight on one or two cannabinoids, namely THC and CBD, ensuring a predictable, consistent experience, especially important for those of us juggling multiple medications.

On the flip side, ‘Full Spectrum Cannabis Oils,’ such as those made by Primo, are the orchestra, where 100+ cannabinoids, from THC to CBD, and all their little buddies like CBN and CBG, play in a harmonious symphony, creating the celebrated entourage effect. Each cannabinoid, terpene, and phytochemical plays its part, contributing to a rich, full-bodied cannabis experience that might be potent, varied, and, let’s face it, a tad unpredictable at times, especially when mixing with other medications.


How Isolated Cannabis Oils Are Made In Thailand

Isolated cannabis oils are manufactured using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extraction Methods. These machines are large and found only in medical-grade laboratories. The process is sophisticated and operated by highly-trained technicians. The entire cannabis plant can be used as raw material in these machines, but for the most part, only the cannabis leaves and flower buds are utilized because of their rich cannabinoid content.

The cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids. Since CBD and THC are the most plentiful cannabinoids that have been researched so far, these cannabinoids are isolated from all the other cannabinoids. Isolated cannabis oils contain only CBD or THC and nothing else. All other plant materials like chlorophyll and all other cannabinoids like CBG and CBN are filtered out. This results in only THC and CBD as the final product. These cannabinoid isolates are then mixed into a carrier oil, like sesame oil, at certain concentrations for medical use.

How Full Spectrum Cannabis Oils Are Made In Thailand

Full spectrum cannabis oils can be manufactured in many different ways, each with its own set of pros and cons. One of the most popular methods for creating full spectrum cannabis oil is through ethanol extraction. This process uses an alcohol solvent to separate CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids from the raw material. The ethanol solvent acts as a medium to collect all the cannabinoids, which is later evaporated or removed from the final product. However, ethanol extraction methods carry the risk of leaving residue in the final cannabis oil product, and the waste management associated with these methods can pose environmental concerns.

Full-spectrum medical cannabis oils available in Thailand, such as Primo Cannabis Oils, utilize a more natural technique of extracting cannabinoids through an infusion method. This type of cannabis oil is made exclusively with dried cannabis flowers and organic coconut oil as a carrier. The natural essence of the cannabis plant is preserved without exposure to ethanol or toxic solvents. Cannabinoids are known to infuse well with fatty carrier oils, such as coconut oil, and given Thailand’s abundance of coconuts, they form an ideal partnership.


The Two Paths of Cannabis Oil in Thailand

Comparing isolated and full-spectrum cannabis oils helps clarify the distinctions between them. Isolated cannabis oil provides a consistent and predictable effect, ideal for newcomers to medical cannabis or those who are incorporating it alongside other medications. Full-spectrum cannabis oil offers a broader range of experiences due to its varied cannabinoid profile, making it suitable for individuals with more experience in cannabis use.

Since isolated cannabis oils contain only THC or CBD, they offer greater predictability and allow for more accurate dosing. Isolated cannabis oils are consistently formulated with every batch, providing patients with a dependable alternative to medications such as opioid painkillers. For patients managing multiple medications for various conditions, isolated cannabis oil is the preferred choice.

Full spectrum cannabis oils, such as those made by Primo, display specific CBD and THC percentages on their labels. However, the levels of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids may differ with each batch. This variability can complicate the integration of these oils with pharmaceutical medications due to their unpredictable nature. Generally, full spectrum cannabis oils are better suited for seasoned cannabis users or patients treating a single condition who are not concurrently using other medications.

No matter which path you choose, the key to an effective journey lies in starting slow and gradually dialing up the dose. Whether you’re riding with Isolated Cannabis Oil that can ensure a steady, consistent experience, or wish to indulge in an enthralling, vibrant journey with Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil, just make sure you’re teaming up with a reliable manufacturer and provider of medical cannabis.


Recommended Dosages and Treatment Guidelines

For the past six years, FRESH MEDIQ has been instrumental in supplying patient data to the Thai-FDA for medical cannabis research. Analysis of data from 600 patients indicates that the average therapeutic dose for THC and CBD ranges between 10-20mg per treatment. A therapeutic dosage means that this milligram quantity of THC and CBD leads to a significant relief of symptoms like pain and anxiety. While patients may experience mild intoxication at these doses, they should not reach a level of dysfunctional impairment.

Considering that dry cannabis flower buds can have THC levels over 20%, this equates to 200mg of THC per 1 gram of dry flower bud. A dose of 200mg THC far exceeds the therapeutic range, which is why it’s considered an extremely high dose, even for lung inhalation absorption. Common side effects of overdosing include paranoia, increased anxiety, nausea, panic, or hallucinations.

It’s important to note that individuals vary significantly, and therefore, THC and CBD dosages are not one-size-fits-all. Additionally, long-term usage can result in tolerance, necessitating increased dosages over time, which may warrant the need for extremely high doses in some cases.

Isolated cannabis oils and full spectrum cannabis oils provide calculated potencies and measure their strength in milligrams (mg) per drop, aiding patients in determining the exact amount of THC and CBD they consume each time. Let’s take CBD oil as an example: GPO Isolated CBD Oil and Primo Full Spectrum CBD Oil; both deliver 4mg of CBD per drop. Thus, it’s recommended that first-time users begin with just 3-5 drops sublingually, amounting to 12-20mg of CBD per treatment.

Following administration, patients should avoid eating or drinking for 15-20 minutes to allow the oil to be absorbed under-the-tongue, entering the bloodstream directly, bypassing the digestive system. Effects should be noticeable within 90 minutes. If not, it’s advised to take an additional 3-5 drops, totaling 24-40mg of CBD. Patients should gradually increase their dosage until they achieve noticeable results.

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) provides CBD isolated oil in 5mL and 10mL bottles, which contain approximately 125 and 250 drops, respectively. Primo CBD oil comes in 10mL and 30mL sizes, with each bottle offering around 250 to 750 drops. Consequently, if a patient finds an effective dose to be 3-5 drops, a bottle from GPO could yield 25-50 treatments, while Primo’s Full Spectrum options could last for 50-150 treatments.


The Legal Way To Buy Cannabis Oil In Thailand

Since cannabis oil is a concentrated extract of the cannabis plant, it often contains THC levels well beyond the 0.2% limit for over-the-counter purchase in Thailand. CBD oil derived from cannabis may also have THC traces exceeding 0.5%. While products like over-the-counter hemp CBD or cannabis-infused waters are available at convenience stores such as 7-Eleven, genuine medical-grade cannabis oil can only be lawfully purchased through a Doctor of Medicine holding an M.D. certification in Thailand.

In Thailand, medical cannabis is practiced by two types of healthcare professionals: Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) and practitioners of Thai Traditional Medicine (T.T.M.) or Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (A.T.T.M.). Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) with a specialization in medical cannabis are licensed through the Department of Controlled Narcotics, reflecting the historical classification of cannabis as a Category 5 Narcotic in the country. These doctors are modern medicine practitioners and have received formal education in accredited medical schools.

Conversely, Thai traditional medicine practitioners (T.T.M. and A.T.T.M.) incorporate cannabis into ancient herbal concoctions, some of which were formulated during King Rama V’s reign from 1868 to 1910. Traditional cannabis oils, such as DTAM—acronym for the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine—and Sanan Tripob, include cannabis as one of 18+ different herbal ingredients.

Both GPO isolated and Primo full-spectrum cannabis oils are made exclusively from cannabis and do not contain any added herbs. Since THC concentrations vary from 0.5% THC to 20% THC (a range that also applies to CBD oils), to purchase these oils legally, patients must consult a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) who holds an authorized medical cannabis narcotics license. Patient requirements include a valid form of identification, such as a passport ID or Thai driver’s license, a completed patient registration form, a disease severity questionnaire, and a signed consent form. Access to medical cannabis is available to everyone, Thai nationals and foreigners alike, residing in the Kingdom of Thailand.


Your Path to Wellness with Cannabis Oil in Thailand

In summary, we have offered a detailed look into the distinctive characteristics of cannabis oil, both isolated and full-spectrum, now available in Thailand. Whether you opt for the predictability of isolates or the comprehensive benefits of full-spectrum, FRESH MEDIQ is here to assist you on your medical cannabis journey. We invite you to access our online dispensary, register as a medical cannabis patient, and begin your plant-based journey with us.

Until next time, we encourage you to stay curious, stay responsible, and keep exploring the therapeutic wonders of this incredible plant!

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