Thai High: A Guide to Exploring Thailand's Newly Legalized Cannabis Culture

Gemma Mastroianni
Thai High: A Guide to Exploring Thailand's Newly Legalized Cannabis Culture
Thailand is a popular travel destination for people from all over the world. It’s a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage, stunning beaches, delicious food, and warm, friendly people. If you are planning a trip to Thailand and are interested in exploring the country's cannabis scene, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Legal Status of Cannabis in Thailand

Recreational Users Test Limits of Thailand's Hazy Medical-Marijuana Rollout  - WSJ Earlier last year, Thailand delisted parts of the Marijuana plant as a narcotic. The rules are a little confusing however, anyone who is at least 20 years of age and is not pregnant or breastfeeding can consume Cannabis in Thailand. Up until recently, the country was only allowing legalized medical cannabis and cannabis research, meaning that it was only legal to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes with a prescription from a licensed Thai doctor (which sounded a lot similar to how it worked in larger Canadian cities like Toronto pre-legalization - if you know, you know!)

Smoking Weed in Thailand

Despite the current status of cannabis in Thailand, there are still limitations when it comes to where you can consume. It is important to note that smoking cannabis in public is illegal and can lead to serious legal consequences. It is best to smoke in private areas, such as an individual’s residence, or to consume it in an edible at a licensed restaurant. Consumption of marijuana in public places such as shopping malls, schools, temples, or even the streets can lead to a 25,000 baht ($750) fine and a three-month prison sentence.

Best Dispensaries in Thailand

Thailand has a number of licensed cannabis dispensaries that offer a variety of products to customers who are of legal age and possess a valid ID. Some of the best dispensaries across Thailand include The Land of Smiles in Bangkok, Cookies (YES, that cookies), Organic Cillage, and Cloud Nine Thailand. These dispensaries offer high-quality cannabis products such as flower, edibles, concentrates, and vapes, as well as knowledgeable staff who can assist customers in selecting the best products for their needs.

Cannabis-Friendly Hotels in Thailand

Green Mango Club in Koh Samui, Thailand

While there are no hotels in Thailand that openly advertise themselves as cannabis-friendly, there are many hotels that are tolerant of cannabis use in private areas. If you plan on smoking cannabis during your trip, it is important to book a hotel that allows smoking in designated areas. Some of the best cannabis-friendly hotels in Thailand include the Green Mango Club in Koh Samui, the Cannabis Hotel in Bangkok, and the Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Rai.


Best Places to Eat in Thailand

 One of the best things about traveling to Thailand is the amazing food. From street vendors to high-end restaurants, there are endless options for delicious cuisine. Some of the must-try dishes include pad thai, som tam (papaya salad), and green curry. If you are looking for a cannabis-friendly restaurant, there are several options throughout the country. Some of the best include the Canna Kitchen in Bangkok and the THC Rooftop Lounge in Chiang Mai.

Best Places to Visit in Thailand

 Thailand is a beautiful country with countless amazing places to visit. Some of the top destinations include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui. In Bangkok, be sure to visit the Grand Palace and the Wat Phra Kaew temple. Chiang Mai is known for its beautiful temples, night markets, and stunning mountain views. Phuket is home to some of Thailand's most beautiful beaches, and Koh Samui is a tropical paradise with crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches.

Tips for Traveling to Thailand

When travelling to Thailand, it is important to keep a few things in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. First, be sure to respect the country's laws and customs. This includes avoiding public displays of affection, dressing modestly when visiting temples, and being respectful to the locals. Second, be cautious of scams and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuable items. Third, be sure to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.

Thailand is known for its hot and humid climate, so it is important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. Thailand is a beautiful country with a rich culture, delicious food, and warm, friendly people. While cannabis use is a little confusing legally, there are ways to explore the cannabis scene in Thailand safely and legally. Visiting licensed medical cannabis clinics, booking cannabis-friendly hotels, and enjoying cannabis in private areas can all be part of a fun and exciting trip to Thailand. When planning your trip, be sure to explore some of the amazing destinations Thailand has to offer, from bustling cities to tropical beaches. And don't forget to indulge in some of the country's delicious cuisine, both traditional and cannabis-infused. Remember to respect the laws and customs of the country and stay safe while travelling. By following these tips, you can have an unforgettable experience exploring Thailand's cannabis scene and all it has to offer.

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