Thailand Tobacco Monopoly is making an unprecedented move: it is considering planting hemp and processing it for use in consumer products.
The state enterprise is particularly interested in producing the byproduct hemp seed oil, as well as rolling papers, the materials used for hemp cigarettes.
For hemp rolling papers, Thailand Tobacco is seeking a partnership with the private sector, Daonoi Suthinipaphan, the enterprise’s managing director, told the Bangkok Post in an interview.
Hemp seed oil can be mixed into cigarettes to reduce the quantity of nicotine and tar residues, and its flavour is similar to that of traditional cigarettes. Hemp rolling papers do not burn when they are lit, which reduces the dispersion of harmful cigarette smoke.
In search of a healthier puff