About 74% of patients who sought treatment at 758 clinics nationwide that are licensed to prescribe medical marijuana products reported a positive outcome following their appointments, according to the Public Health Ministry yesterday.
During a visit to a clinic at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna in Nan, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said the results affirmed the ministry’s stance in promoting the use of cannabis as an alternative medical treatment. For some patients, the treatment worked well.
Cannabis-based concoctions have been prescribed to treat patients with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, as well as pain associated with cancers and other chronic illnesses, he said.
In total, the ministry has authorised 758 clinics across the country to provide cannabis-based treatments — 419 of which are traditional Thai medicine clinics, while the rest are general medical practices.