It’s the buzz of the moment. The highly anticipated new legalised substance in Thailand. The hottest beauty, food, and wellness trend to hit the town.

No need for the terrible puns to give you hints – everyone knows that CBD has got the green light here in Thailand. But even though the term CBD seems to be popping up everywhere these days, it still confuses some people. And if you still think CBD stands for Central Business District, then you’d better read on. Here, we give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about CBD – the trendiest new substance –  as well as all the incredibly various and creative forms you can now find it in Bangkok. 

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Ok, first things first. What is CBD?

Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is a chemical compound from the Cannabis Sativa plant, a.k.a. marijuana (or weed, or pot, or Mary Jane – whatever you want to call it). Completely natural, the substance is known to induce feelings of calmness and relaxation. However, CBD should not be confused with marijuana or hemp. The terms are all tossed around together, but marijuana and hemp are actually names of the two primary species of Cannabis Sativa. Both contain CBD, with hemp having a much higher concentration. 

What are the benefits of CBD?

This is still in the process of research and the effects are still quite variable from person to person. But CBD is generally well-known as a drug that can help with a variety of health conditions, such as back pain, osteoarthritis, and even cancer. It’s often used as a mild and natural substance for pain management, whether that pain is physical or mental. The latest beauty products also infuse CBD oil for its anti-inflammatory effects. Bear in mind, though: these are more generally felt effects of CBD, rather than fully scientifically proven benefits. The good news is, once CBD is legalised, we can put much more scientific research into it for more information.

How do you take CBD?

It’s the question of the moment. And the answer? Apparently, in any way you can think of. Already, we’re seeing such a wide range of ways you can take CBD in Bangkok. The substance has been enthusiastically incorporated into a huge variety of day-to-day lifestyle products. Soon, we’ll be brushing our teeth with CBD (no, really) and picking some up for the road from 7-Eleven. CBD oil is super versatile; it can be ingested as part of food, or applied to the skin in the form of oils or lotions. Does it affect the taste or smell? Probably. But try it, and you just might take a liking to it. 

So, what are all the ways we’ll find CBD in Bangkok? We’re glad you asked. 

1. Croissants

Class Cafe’s Calm Croissants

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The hit Khao Yai cafe has reinvented itself as a chill co-working space in Bangkok. And by chill, we mean really chill. Here, you’ll find CBD-infused tea and other drinks to pair with their signature Calm croissant – buttery pastries with a tint of green, which we assure you isn’t matcha. 

2. Toothpaste

Dentiste Oral Care

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Still in the works, but one of Thailand’s biggest dental care companies is set to launch a CBD-infused toothpaste, apparently relying on its anti-bacterial and gum-soothing properties to take natural toothpastes to the next level.

3. Meat

Rad Meats’ CBD-infused sausages

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There have been glimpses of Rad Meat’s CBD-infused sausages on the menu before, but only brief ones. No doubt they’ll be making a comeback permanently very soon. 

4. Ice cream

CBD ice cream from Hemp Ice Cream

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If there was one way to make ice cream any better, it’s adding CBD to it. Post-break-up pints just got a lot more therapeutic. 

5. Ready Meals

CP Food CBD-infused ready meals

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CP Food is planning to launch some ready meals that incorporate CBD. Could this make 7-Eleven the new wellness destination? 

6. Bubble Tea

420 Cannabis Bar

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Ever gotten high on bubble tea? Now you can. 

7. Thai desserts

Kanom Siam

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Even the most traditional and long-established Thai desserts are getting the CBD treatment. The city’s favourite green roadside sweet treat just got a little greener. 

8. Smoothie Bowls

Goodsouls kitchen

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Next level health food, coming right up. 

9. Omakase

Koko Japanese Restaurant

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If we’re going to get CBD in Bangkok, it’s no surprise it will be available in sushi form too. Served piece by piece, Omakase is reaching a new high with the CBD infusion.

Karn Chatikavanij
Style Writer
A globetrotter with a love for sushi and Miu Miu, Karn is a fan of all things upbeat, delicious, and well-dressed. Her frequent activities include packing for beach trips, listening to 80s music, and trying to make daytime pyjamas happen.