Public Health Ministry’s cannabis clinic fully booked until March
Thailand’s first full-time cannabis clinic has become so popular that it is now fully booked into March, with more than 12,000 people having signed up to receive treatment.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul visited the clinic specializing in traditional and alternative cannabis-based medicine on Thursday, after it was formally opened on January 6th.
He said that 4,639 people have visited the clinic in the past ten days, adding that more than 12,000 people have made advance bookings for treatment until March through the “DR Ganja in TTM” application.
There are about 25 cannabis clinics attached to general hospitals across the country, but they operate only a few days a week due to a shortage of specialized staff.
Minister Anutin said that most of the patients suffer from insomnia, migraine, back pain and muscle stiffness.
Located in the basement of the Department of the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, the clinic is open every day from 8am until 4.30pm, except on special public holidays. Individuals can contact the clinic or more information on 02 5902606 and 02 5911964.
Thailand legalized cannabis for medical use and research in 2017. Last year, cannabis and hemp extracts were dropped from the illegal narcotics list and a draft law was proposed to the parliament which would allow each household to grow six cannabis plants.