The first marijuana clinic has opened at a state hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima province.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul officially opened the clinic at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in the northeastern province on Saturday.
The clinic, a first at a large hospital, will serve two groups of patients in the initial phase. The first involves those suffering from diseases that could be alleviated by ganja oil. They include muscle pain from multiple sclerosis; epilepsy that can no longer be treated by modern medicine; and neuropathic pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy for cancer treatment.
The other group involves patients treated by Thai traditional medicine such as those with chronic diseases which cause certain symptoms such as sleeping difficulties, lack of appetite, sharp chest-to-stomach pains, hoarseness, constipation and muscle pains and limb weakness in stroke patients.
The clinic is manned by one doctor and three registered traditional medicine practitioners. Another 10 will be sent for training.
Some 100 people came to seek treatment in the first group and 500 in the second group.