Thai north all smiles over its first cannabis clinic

Photo: Anutin Charnvirakul / FB
Photo: Anutin Charnvirakul / FB

One week after the first full-time cannabis clinic opened in metro Bangkok, the land of Lanna culture, khao soi and misty mountains yesterday welcomed its first weed treatment center that at its outset will treat those with five conditions.

Patients suffering from five diseases including epilepsy and Parkinson’s – as well as insomnia, migraines and severe anxiety – can now get medical marijuana at the Nakornping Hospital in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district. 

It’s supported by the Public Health Ministry, so that of course meant the nation’s smiling face of medical marijuana, health minister Anutin Charnvirakul, was there to pose with his hands on some very leafy buds. 

So far the clinic has registered 22 patients suffering from insomnia and paralysis, and those needing palliative care for cancer.

The Chiang Mai clinic has 125 medical professionals on staff. It’s open from 1pm to 4:30pm only on Wednesday.


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