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First of Decha’s cannabis oil ready for hospital research

Sep 25. 2019
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Sri Prachan Hospital in Suphan Buri on Wednesday (September 25) became the first of 22 authorised hospitals to receive cannabis oil made with a formula developed by traditional-medicine practitioner Decha Siripat.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul unveiled 5,000 bottles of the oil intended for further research.

Decha, “songs-for-life” musician Yuenyong “Aed Carabao” Opakul and consumer activist and former senator Rosana Tositrakul were on hand to witness the historic event.

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Anutin said the Department for Development of Thai Traditional Medicine and Alternative Medicine (DTAM) was producing 660,000 bottles for the 22 hospitals, each containing 5cc of oil, for a total of 3,300 litres.

Other recipients will include Denchai Hospital in Phrae, Thoen in Lampang, Nakhon Thai in Phitsanulok, Tak Fa in Nakhon Sawan, Nong Chang in Uthai Thani, Don Toom in Nakhon Pathom, Pol in Khon Kaen, Dech Udom in Ubol Ratchathani and Tha Chang in Surat Thani.

Anutin said the hospitals would conduct their research while utilising the oil in the care and subsequent treatment of patients with specific ailments who specifically applied for permission to use Decha’s formula.

They will gauge its effectiveness and record any side effects so that the formula can be improved and rendered completely safe and suitable for people with various ailments.

Before Wednesday’s handover at the ministry in Nonthaburi, Anutin gave a video-conference to outline policy for relevant officials.

With DTAM director-general Dr Marut Jirasetsiri also looking on, Decha first presented his cannabis-oil recipe to Anutin. The minister thanked him for bringing aid and relief to ailing people and his generosity in sharing his formula. “Let the results prove [the oil’s effectiveness] and let all be according to facts, while the priority lays with the people’s safety,” Anutin said. “It will take some time and, if it is good, we will continue, but if it isn’t, we will cancel.”

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