Thailand’s Public Health Ministry conducted a two-day medical cannabis training course for physicians, pharmacists, dentists, and Thai traditional medical practitioners. Course participants were given basic knowledge on cannabis, its medical use in various countries, and the different medical conditions and symptoms that can be treated with the drug.
The training sessions were organized by the Department for the Development of Thai and Alternative Medicine and the Department of Medical Services. The sessions were held in different hotels in the capital city of Bangkok.
An examination was held at the end of the course and those who passed could apply for a medical cannabis license with a two-year validity. The Food and Drug Administration is the agency in charge of issuing these licenses.
Those who have been granted a license would need to go through training and examination every two years to keep updated of new knowledge about cannabis.
The Department of Medical Services plan to organize training sessions each month until September.
Thailand legalized medical cannabis in December 2018. It became the first nation in Southeast Asia to make such move. Many say that this is the Thailand parliament’s New Year’s gift to the Thai people.