Last September Thailand, a country renowned for its harsh anti-drug laws, legalised medical cannabis and started producing its own marijuana products, in the form of THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate wafers and other potions. “We grow without any chemicals. No pesticides. No chemical fertilizer,” said a researcher from Rangsit University’s new Medical Cannabis Research Institute in the College of Pharmacy at the time.

“We don’t know if they got the seeds from Thailand or from a neighboring country. We don’t know exactly. It’s just unknown. After we get the bud, we are going to give it to the pharmacy. They will check how much THC and CBD.”

Subsequently last month, hundreds of people, including many cancer patients, received free CBD oil at one of the flagship clinics, based at the Ministry of Public Health in a suburb of Bangkok. Public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul, said that the clinic at the health department is a “pilot” as Thailand “cannot produce enough doctors with expertise in cannabis”.

Shortages of personnel specialized in medical cannabis

Until now, there were approximately 25 cannabis clinics attached to existing hospitals, however due to the lack of specialised personnel, they are only open only on a part-time basis. Meanwhile, the largest producer of medical cannabis is currently the health ministry’s Government Pharmaceutical Organisation.

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