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DMS: Marijuana can only treat four diseases

The Director-General of the Department of Medical Services has emphasized that patients must only use medical marijuana according to the indications of the disease under the guidance of doctors. He also stressed that medical research suggests that marijuana can only be used to treat four groups of diseases, not all diseases and not as many as 39 diseases.

DMS Director General, Somsak Akkhasil has opened the second training course on the use of medical marijuana extracts by medical personnel. The participants consisted of 250 physicians, dentists and pharmacists who passed the knowledge testing criteria. They will be granted a certificate after the training. In 1-2 months, medical personnel under the DMS who completed the training will be able to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. In the future, there will be online training for medical personnel.

He disclosed that the extract from marijuana has medical benefits if used in appropriate proportions. Diseases with academic evidence supporting the effectiveness of the extract of marijuana as being useful in treatments, include cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis with muscle contractions and neuropathic pain that fails to respond to any other method of treatment. However, marijuana extracts can lead to adverse effects so they must be used under a doctor’s directions for patients who need a precise amount of marijuana. Medical research has found that marijuana can only be used to treat four diseases. People who want to use medical marijuana can ask for advice at hospitals under the DMS and at seven cancer centers.

In the case of a patient being admitted to the emergency room after dropping hemp oil under the tongue in too large a quantity, the DMS Director General stated that marijuana has both advantages and disadvantages. The use of an excessive amount of marijuana will affect the body and the nervous system and cause resistance and addiction to the use of hemp oil because each person responds to hemp oil differently.

NNT Thailand

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