The Public Health Ministry now has a separate website detailing the safe and most beneficial ways to use cannabis as a remedy for certain ailments.
Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, his deputy Sathit Pitutecha and permanent secretary Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai showed the slick site www.medcannabis.go.th to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other Cabinet members on Wednesday morning.
Pointing to the information on display, Prayut stressed that the use of cannabis must be authorised by a doctor. “Many people still don’t understand about cannabis products, so the media must help present accurate information,” he said.
Anutin said a ministry committee was charged with ensuring that Thais do have that understanding and know how to use medicinal cannabis safely and effectively.
The website, though in Thai only, covers the cultivation of the crop, the medical research conducted, the production of medicinal derivatives from the plant and how the law applies, and cites case studies from other countries. Searching for specific, easy-to-understand information is quite convenient.
There are videos and infographics as well as articles, a list of medicinal cannabis products legally available and an FAQ, along with a means of directly contacting the web team for even more information.
“This website will serve as a bridge to link the public to the academic information and facts about the use of cannabis for medical purposes,” the minister said.
The ministry currently oversees 110 clinics that provide “modern” medical remedies using cannabis at various hospitals and plans another 36 by March. Traditional treatments utilising cannabis are available at 29 clinics.
There are now three types of medicinal cannabis products available in Thailand – medicine based on cannabis extract produced by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation and Prachin Buri’s Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, cannabis oil from a folk-medicine practitioner’s formula, and traditional medicines containing cannabis produced by the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine and approved by the Department of Medical Sciences.