Thailand intends to distribute about 10,000 bottles of hashish oil next week for hospital sufferers, a government delegate stated on Thursday, the first formal use of medical marijuana since a bill legalizing it came into effect this year.
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) will ship 4,500 5ml bottles of hashish oil to the Ministry of Public Health to be given to hospitals on Aug. 7 for about 4,000 registered sufferers, GPO executive managing director, Withoon Danwiboon, told a press conference.
Thailand, which has a tradition of using hashish to alleviate ache and fatigue, has authorized marijuana for medical use and research to assist in increasing agricultural incomes.
Hashish oil will be used to treat sufferers who suffer from nausea from chemotherapy, epilepsy, and aches, Withoon said, adding that sufferers with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and in palliative care would additionally benefit from the oil.
The GPO will start planting its second crop of cannabis plants later in August, and by early 2020, it plans to increase production to greenhouse cultivation and aims to produce 150,000-200,000 bottles of the oil.
For five years, foreign traders and imports of hashish will be blocked to allow the domestic business to develop capability and Anutin Charnvirakul, a politician who campaigned for legalizing marijuana and is now health minister, stated in a separate statement on Thursday that hashish should only be used for medical applications, not for recreational ones.
Steps need to be taken to allow public health volunteers to yield hashish at home for health benefits; however, it will not be permitted to be sold.
The recent civilian government has said it has made building up the medical marijuana industry a top priority to create financial opportunities in rural areas.