5 old remedies off illegal medication list

5 old remedies off illegal medication list

The Public Health Minister has removed five traditional Thai remedies using cannabis from a list of illegal medications.

Supattra Boonserm, deputy secretary-general of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said on Tuesday that Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has issued a new regulation allowing the remedies containing cannabis leaves and branches to be used for treatments and research.

The five remedies are used to treat insomnia, exhaustion, muscular tension, haemorrhoids, skin diseases and mental illness.

People could seek permission to produce the cannabis-based remedies from the FDA as of Feb 16. More information on the new rules can be obtained from its one stop service center or by phoning 0-2821-5509. The cannabis must be grown by an approved source.

The insomnia remedy, which also enhances appetite, will likely be recommended to traditional health clinics nationwide.

Ms Supattra said anyone can use cannabis and hemp leaves for their health effects without FDA permission, but they must come from legal sources, while processed cannabis and hemp produced as health products for sale must be registered.

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (4)

Nearly a fifth of all food reaching consumers wasted: UN

PARIS - Seventeen percent of the food available to consumers worldwide in 2019 -- almost one billion tonnes -- was thrown away by households, retailers, institutions and the hospitality industry, far more than previously suspected, the UN said Thursday.

21:45

Nineteen Myanmar police seek refuge in India

NEW DELHI: At least 19 Myanmar police have crossed into India to escape taking orders from a military junta that is trying to suppress protests against last month's coup, an Indian police official said on Thursday, adding that more were expected.

20:15

Hong Kong court grants bail to 15 of 47 activists

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court on Thursday granted bail to around a third of 47 democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, as the case draws widespread criticism that Beijing is using a national security law to crush the city's opposition.

20:09