Medical Cannabis Clinics Thailand

In recent years, Thailand has made strong steps towards marijuana legalization. In 2018, it became the first Southeast country to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The government’s Narcotics Bill legislature articulated that medical marijuana can only be grown and researched under the jurisdiction of reputable health organizations and one must have a medical prescription to purchase marijuana products.

Medical marijuana can only be used for medical-related purposes and not for recreation in any way. The Thailand Government has repercussions in place for illegal marijuana users.

THC vs CBD: What’s the Difference?

THC and CBD are the two core components of a cannabis plant. The distinction between THC and CBD lies in that THC is the substance that affects one’s mental state and causes a “high.” When one thinks of marijuana, the psychoactive THC is what is most familiar.

There are other medical cannabis options besides THC though. CBD can be just as effective in certain scenarios. Products composed of the CBD cannabis component will still allow one to be in a relaxed state, but he or she will not get “high.” CBD is often referred to as a hemp product, rather than a marijuana product.

According to Cedars Sinai, CBD “is most commonly used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia.” CBD is legal in Thailand and does not require a prescription to purchase.

THC and CBD offer different mental and bodily experiences but can both be very helpful in treating medical conditions. A doctor who specializes in cannabis usage can provide guidance on what product would be more beneficial for a certain ailment or condition.

Effects of Medical Marijuana

People with approved conditions or diseases now have access to medical marijuana (THC-based products) in Thailand. The positive effects of medical marijuana have been well researched. According to Talbott Recovery, “in 2018, 67% of doctors were in favor of using marijuana for medical purposes… Marijuana can relieve symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, and glaucoma.”

Thailand medical marijuana products that are available to purchase with a medical prescription are Thailand Food and Drug Administration approved.

One of the great benefits of medical marijuana is its ability to alleviate and limit bodily pain and discomfort. There are many conditions or health challenges where medical marijuana is an approved treatment in Thailand.

Approved Conditions for Medical Marijuana Use in Thailand

Approved medical conditions for one to receive medical marijuana treatment in Thailand include:

  • Anorexia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Lupus
  • Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Stroke
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Paralysis
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy in children
  • High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Demyelinating disease
  • Migraine
  • Obesity
  • Opiate addiction
  • Reaction stress
  • Rheumatism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Concussion
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Bedsores
  • Bone fractures
  • Addiction withdrawal symptoms
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Glaucoma 

Medical Marijuana Regulations

In order to purchase medical marijuana, one must see a licensed doctor and get a prescription. Once the marijuana is received, one cannot order more than the amount prescribed or carry the drug while out in public.

If an individual obtains marijuana illegally without a medical prescription, he or she is subject to strict penalties including arrest, fees, and jail time.

Cannabis Clinics

A cannabis clinic is an approved medical institution that specializes in prescribing medical marijuana as a treatment for health ailments. These clinics have a diverse support team including practitioners, counselors, and marijuana educators. Under the care of a cannabis clinic’s staff, one can more effectively determine what the next best steps are.

Additionally, Thailand medical marijuana users can acquire the treatment at approved government hospitals. Such hospitals will have licensed physicians who specialize in medical marijuana.

Thailand has a variety of cannabis clinics and approved government hospitals including:

  • Bangkok Integrative Medicine (BIM Poly Clinic) – (Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok `10500)
  • Sawasadee Clinic-( 40/4 Phahon Yothin 63 Alley, Anusawari, Bang Khen, Bangkok 10220)
  • Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Cannabis Clinic- (Village No. 12 32/7 Prachin Anuson, Tha Ngam, Muegang Prachinburi District, Prachin Buri 25000)
  • Origene Clinic Pattaya-(8/114 Moo 6 Sukhumvit Rd, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150) 
  • Saraburi Hospital CBD Clinic (18 Thetsaban 4 Rd, Pak Phriao, Mueang Saraburi District, Saraburi 18000)
  • Ang Thong Hospital (10 Bang Kaeo, Mueang Ang Thong District, Ang Thong 14000, Thailand)
  • Arjaro Hospital Sakon Nakhon (Phan Na, Phanna Nikhom District, Sakon Nakhon 47130)
  • Ban Tak Hospital  (334C+CWQ, Tak Ok, Ban Tak District, Tak 63120)
  • Bangkok Sawasedee Clinic (47 Phahon Yothin 63 Alley, Anusawari, Bang Khen, Bangkok 10220)
  • Buriram Hospital Cannabis Clinic (I Road Railway Station, Muang District, Buri Ram 31000)
  • Chaiyaphum Hospital (12 Bannakarn Road, Nai Mueang, Mueang Chaiyaphum 36000 Chaiyaphum)
  • Chaing Mai CM Mediclinic (155 28 Jed Yod-Yu Yen Soi 10, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300)
  • Khon Kaen Hospital Cannabis (54 Sri Chant Road, Chang Wat Khon Kaen)  
  • Korat Hospital Cannabis Clinic (49 Changpueak Road, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima)
  • Lampang Hospital Cannabis Clinic (280 Phahonyothin Road, Hua Wiang, Lampang) 
  • Mae Sot Hospital (175/16 Tambon Mae Sot, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110)
  • Origene Clinic Pattaya (8/114 Moo 6 Sukhumvit Road, Muang Pattaya, Amphoe Bang Lamung)  
  • Phatthalung Pa Bon Hospital (Wang Mai, Pa Bon District, Phatthalung 93170)
  • Phitsanulok Cannabis Clinic (90 Srithamtraipidok Road, Naj Mueang, Phitsanulok)
  • Rayong Hospital Cannabis Clinic (Sukhumvit Nakornrayong 138, Rayong) 
  • Roi Et Hospital (111 Nai Mueang, Mueang Roi Et District, Roi Et 45000)
  • Sa Kaeao Crown Prince Hospital (283 Suwannason Rd, Sa Kaeo, Mueang Sa Kaeo District, Sa Kaeo 27000)
  • Saturn Hospital (133 Sukhum Vit 49, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand)
  • Sawanpracharak Hospital (43 Attakavee, Tambon Pak Nam Pho, Mueang Nakhon Sawan District, Nakhon Sawan 60000)
  • Singburi Hospital (917/3 Khun San Rd, Bang Phutsa, Mueang Sing Buri District, Sing Buri 16000)
  • Sri Prachan Hospital (218 Moo 1, Wang Nam Sap, Tambon Si Prachan)
  • Sunpasithiprasong Hospital (122 Rd Sappasit, Mueang Ubon Ratchathani District, Ubon Ratchathani 34000)
  • Surat Thani Hospital (56 Mu 2, Makham Tia Subdistrict, Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani 84000)
  • Surin Hospital Cannabis Clinic (68 Lakmuang Road, Nai Mueang, Mueang Surin District)  
  • Thai Traditional and Integrated Medical Hospital (693 Bamrung Mueang Rd, Khlong Maha Nak, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100)
  • Thun Song Hospital (277 Chai Chumphon Road, Pak Phraek, Thung Song District, Nakhon Si Thammarat)
  • Trat Hospital (108 Sukhumvit Road, Wang Krachae, Mueang Trat District) 
  • Udon Thani Hospital (33 Pho Niyom Rd, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000)

Thailand Food and Drug Administration Registration

In Thailand to officially “legalize” one’s medical marijuana products, he or she must register said products under the jurisdiction of the Thailand FDA.

To successfully do this, one must have an ID, medical certificate/prescription, and a duty filled application form. Medical marijuana users can visit the Thailand FDA’s Bangkok office to register. For people who live in other areas of Thailand, they can go to the Thailand provincial health office to register.

 Once the Thailand FDA approves one’s medical marijuana products, they are officially seen as legal in the eyes of the law.

Medical Marijuana and Tourism

If a tourist comes into Thailand with a supply of medical marijuana, he or she must have sufficient paperwork and documentation. Additionally, he or she will need to inform the Thailand Public Ministry of Health through the filling out of a document that declares the amount of marijuana brought into the country. Without proof of a medical prescription, the Thailand government will penalize the tourist including confiscating his or her medical marijuana supply.

Legalization and the Future of Marijuana in Thailand In January of 2022, marijuana was officially removed from Thailand’s illicit drug list. As a result, Thailand citizens now have the ability to grow cannabis and marijuana if registered with the government. Marijuana cannot be used for recreational purposes without acquiring further permits and government documentation. The goal of Thailand’s 2022 legislature is partially to make medical marijuana easier to get and more accessible.

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