From forensic lab to CBD gummies – tracking the journey of ‘Candy Afterdark’

She also worked with the Thailand Centre of Excellence

for Life Sciences (TCELS) in producing cosmetics, helped

develop a masters’ degree curriculum at Naresuan

University and produced the “ThailandToday” show on the

NBT World TV channel.

Apart from full-time jobs, Candy also tried her luck as a

“gig worker” long before working from home became the

norm in Thailand. Her “gig” job was to summarise news

and evaluate the content of websites.

Candy dabbled in import-export, but unsuccessfully. She

did not achieve much success when she began selling food

with her mother, who had closed up her nursery school in

Chiang Mai and moved to Bangkok. However, Candy was

taking a wellness course at that time, which would prove

to be very useful later.

She also built a network of non-Thai friends while working

for a Malaysian real-estate broker, and later began an

online lingerie business called “Candy Afterdark”.

However, she eventually gave it up due to low profits and

the Covid-19 crisis.

How opportunity presents itself

Then, in the middle of the pandemic, she decided to study

the potential of cannabis, especially in Thailand’s medical

tourism market. This inspired her to do an online course

on cannabis offered by the Northern Michigan University,

which taught her how to extract oil from cannabis leaves

and start making “gummies”.

Cannabis gummies are a new concept in Thailand and

restrictions on which part of the plant can be used made it

difficult to create an effective health-enhancing

supplement, she said.

However, Candy said, she continued studying the plant to

find out exactly what can be extracted from its leaves and

flowers. In fact, she said, she was ready to start producing

edibles as soon as the plant was decriminalised in

Thailand.

Her Candy Afterdark gummies are soft, chewy and do not

taste of cannabis. They were an immediate hit when she

began selling them online for 800 baht for every 100-gram

package.

The gummies became so popular that she began to branch

out by expanding her range to cover gummies that also

included THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), cannabis-oil spiked

brownies and cookies as well as cannabis flavoured fruit

juices named Uni Drink.

Eventually, Candy hopes to train others and share her

knowledge with those interested in sharing the benefits of

cannabis.

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