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Researchers are feeding chickens cannabis instead of antibiotics


Organic birds fetch twice the price.

An organic farm in northern Thailand has been feeding chickens cannabis for over a year now in a bid to keep the birds off antibiotics, Business Insider reported. The method seems to be working so far. 

Excessive usage of antibiotics is a problem that has plagued the poultry industry for many decades. Estimates suggest that 70 percent of the antibiotics approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for poultry are already in use on farms today. This disproportionate use of antibiotics has given rise to antibiotic resistance that not only affects the birds but also has an impact on humans.


Thailand just decriminalized cannabis. But you still can't smoke joints, minister says



Thailand on Thursday became the first country in Asia to decriminalize cannabis -- but tough penalties will still apply to those who use the drug to get high, according to the minister who spearheaded the change.

Speaking to CNN in an interview ahead of the move, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he expected legal cannabis production to boost the economy but cautioned that recreational use of the drug remains illegal.
"It's a no," said Anutin, who is also a deputy prime minister.
"We still have regulations under the law that control the consumption, smoking or use of cannabis products in non-productive ways."

Thailand to give away 1 million free cannabis plants for home cultivation


Thailand residents may also grow “as many cannabis plants” as they wish at home for medical purposes.

Let the planting begin. Thailand’s government leadership signaled optimism regarding the country’s recent shift in medical cannabis reform with a massive plant giveaway.

Thailand Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he will offer households 1 million cannabis plants for free in a May 8 Facebook post. Furthermore, beginning on June 9, Thailand residents will have the freedom to grow “as many cannabis plants” as they like in their own homes for medical purposes, according to Charnvirakul.


SōRSE Technology enters Thailand’s CBD marketplace via exclusive partnership with Hempagoda


SĹŤRSE Technology Corporation, the leading water-soluble emulsion technology company for Consumer Packaged Goods, today announced that it has entered the hemp and cannabis marketplace in Thailand. SĹŤRSE currently powers over 100 infused products on the market. SĹŤRSE has entered an exclusive partnership with Hempagoda to make the SĹŤRSE Technology platform available to the Thai market. In 2019, Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize cannabis for medical use and research, as well as hemp for producing textiles, garments, and other products. In February 2021, Thailand legalized the use of hemp and CBD in food and cosmetics, and early this year, the government removed cannabis and hemp from its list of controlled substances.


Shining a light on the Thailand cannabis community


In a country known for cannabis exports, the Thailand cannabis community thrives despite legislative challenges.

Thailand hasn’t always prohibited cannabis; it’s part of the culture.

Ganja plants were typically grown on the side of the house and used in traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. Even today, some grandparents cultivate a few plants and toss a couple of leaves in their Tom Yom (traditional Thai soup).

The U.S. illicit market fueled Thai Stick exports, which came from U.S. soldiers based in the Kingdom during the Vietnam War. At the time, there was no legal or moral taboo surrounding the plant in Thailand.


Thailand drops cannabis from its list of controlled narcotics


Public Health Minister Anutin Charnivakul said the move marked the beginning of “a new history for cannabis” in the country.

Two years after becoming the first nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, Thailand has taken another step toward becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the drug. Yesterday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed a ministerial announcement officially removing cannabis and hemp from Category 5 of the country’s list of narcotics.


Thai Health Minister signs removal of cannabis and hemp from drug list

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed an announcement to remove cannabis and hemp from its drugs list on Tuesday and the change will take effect 120 days after being published in the Royal Gazette.

Mr Anutin said the Narcotics Control Board endorsed the Public Health Ministry’s draft announcement on the list of Category 5 narcotics and the Food and Drug Administration received an approval letter from the Justice Ministry for it to finalize the announcement.

He said the announcement will then be published in the Royal Gazette and will take effect 120 days afterwards.

The move paves the way for households to grow the plant, which will be allowed after they notify the authority.


Thailand becomes first country in Asia to decriminalize marijuana


Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved the dropping cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs. The delisting by the ministry’s Food and Drug Administration will now need to be formally signed by the health minister and enters into effect 120 days after its publication in the government gazette. It follows the removal of cannabis — a plant species to which both marijuana and hemp belong — last month from the list of illegal drugs under Thailand’s Narcotics Law.


A Thai chain's cannabis pizza is trendy, but it won't get you high


One of Thailand's major fast food chains has been promoting its "Crazy Happy Pizza" this month, an under-the-radar product topped with a cannabis leaf. It's legal but won't get you high.

Veterans of the backpacker trail, familiar with the legendary pizza parlors of neighboring Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh that offer powerful marijuana as an optional condiment, might feel downright cheated.

"Of course, they cannot get high," Panusak Suensatboon, general manager of The Pizza Company, said in an interview this week. "It's just a marketing campaign. and you can taste the cannabis and then if you have enough, you maybe get a bit sleepy."


Public Health Minister says cannabis is a step closer to becoming a cash crop

Thailand’s Public Health Minister says he wants to make cannabis a cash crop… just not the parts of the plant that get you high. Anutin Charnvirakul, who also serves as the deputy prime minister, made a visit to a cannabis learning centre in the northeastern province Bueng Kan, which borders Laos, and posted photos on Facebook of himself walking through a cannabis greenhouse. Image: Bueng Kan cannabis learning centre. | Photo via Public Health Minister

Anutin has been a vocal supporter of cannabis when it comes to the CBD, or cannabidiol, the relaxing and said to be medicinal component of the plant, but has stayed fairly quiet on actions to take regarding the psychoactive component, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.


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