Thailand becomes first ASEAN nation to grow industrial-scale medical cannabis

24 Sep 2019 | View : 593

CHIANG MAI (NNT) - Thailand’s largest batch of 12,000 cannabis sprouts has been planted at Maejo University. It is the first-ever industrial-scale medical cannabis manufacturing facility in the ASEAN region. The produce is expected to be harvested in early 2020 for use in treatment and research.

Mr Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, joined in planting the large number of cannabis sprouts at a smart farm, the first-ever industrial-scale medical cannabis manufacturing facility in the ASEAN region, as part of the Natural Agriculture Research and Development Center Project, Maejo University, San Sai district, Chiang Mai province. The Pharmaceutical Government Organization (GPO), Department of Medical Services (DMS) and Maejo University signed a memorandum of understanding on research and development of cannabis, and hemp strains for medical use.

Mr Anutin said a total of 12,000 cannabis sprouts had been planted in the program. It is expected that 2.4 tons of dried cannabis will be delivered to the GPO and its network partners by February 2020, in order to produce cannabis-based drugs to be available through licensed medical institutions including public and private hospitals as well as clinics.

The minister expressed his confidence that the cooperation will yield hemp oil of medical grade that meets the quality standard. The DMS will use it in treating patients along with research. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has used the first lot of hemp oil for cancer cell research in test tubes, in order to study the effects of inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells. The NCI is currently waiting for the experimental results.

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