According to Dr. Pradit, Krathom leaves can be used medicinally but will harm the body if used inappropriately. He said that careful reviews must be conducted if the Krathom leaves are to be taken out of the list of banned narcotics.
Office of the Narcotics Control Board secretary-general Phongsaphat Phongcharoen said his office was studying the laws of many countries, concerning the leaves. Early findings suggest consumers of the leaves were not deemed to be likely to commit legal offense, except in a few countries. He said the findings from his office will be handed to the minister of justice so that the latter could decide whether to continue enforcing the ban on the leaves.
Krathom trees are classified in the coffee family. Its leaves are used for their medicinal properties and are chewed to uplift mood and to treat certain health problems. Despite growing naturally in the country, it has been outlawed for more than 7 decades.