PETALING JAYA: Its entry requirements are much easier now, and it has legalised the consumption of cannabis in food and drinks since June.
But for Malaysians heading to Thailand for a holiday and planning to try out the recreational use of cannabis, they should think again: it is not as carefree as it seems.
Medical and legal experts and tourism industry players are warning Malaysians about the consequences of consuming such products, especially upon returning home.
Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Human Anatomy Department neuroscientist Assoc Prof Dr Mohamad Aris Mohd Moklas said travellers to Thailand should stay away from indulging in cannabis-infused food products.
“If you are travelling there for medicinal purposes then yes, it is more practical, but I advise against consuming marijuana recreationally there as the consequences could be severe,” he said.
Since July 1, the kingdom has allowed the sale of cannabis in food and drinks under the condition that they contain less than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Even if these infused meals contain less than 0.2% of THC, which is less than a teaspoon, Dr Mohamad Aris explained that it could still be potent, especially for those having their maiden experience.