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Dr Thanit Sermkaew, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), plainly gave his support for the new treatments available.

“I agree with this kind of treatment. It is another option for patients to receive treatment for their conditions,” he said.

“Each person responds differently to medical treatment, so medical marijuana treatments might work better for some patients,” he added.

Currently medical marijuana treatments in Phuket are available only at Vachira Phuket Hospital, confirmed Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol.

“Vachira hospital is the only medical facility legally empowered to dispense medical marijuana treatment. No other hospitals or medical facilities on the island are allowed to give patients medical marijuana treatments because the Ministry of Public Health allowed only one place in each province,” he said.

“Other government hospitals such as Patong Hospital, Thalang Hospital and Chalong Hospital are not allowed to use medical marijuana treatments. The Phuket Provincial Hospital [often also called the ‘OrBorJor Hospital’] is not allowed.

“Private hospitals including Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Bangkok Hospital Siriroj and Mission Hospital are also not allowed. It is not legally available from them to use,” he added.

Dr Busaya Santisant of the Medical Cannabis Clinic at Vachira Phuket Hospital told The Phuket News that the clinic has welcomed only a few dozen patients, but the effects on those patients’ lives has been very positive.

“The medical marijuana treatments are a good thing, and a good option for people who do not have complicated diseases. So far I have taken care of 39 people since the clinic opened in November last year. At present, there are 20 patients who use treatments via this clinic,” she said.

“I have found that medical marijauna treatments have improved their lives,” she added.

However, Dr Busaya expressed concern for people using marijuana to self-medicate their own ailments.

“Right now, I am concerned about people who use ‘underground’ marijuana treatments because the patient will never know what else is mixed in the treatment.  I would like to ask such people to come to our clinic so we can look into the conditions they are suffering and provide proper care for them,” she added.

The treatments available at the clinic are divided into two categories.

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‘Thai Alternative Treatment’ comprises four marijuana-based medicines called Sukkasaiyat, Tamlaiphrameru , Kae lom Kae Sen and hemorrhoid medication. The four medicines use marijuana leaves combined with another Thai herb, and are used to help treat migraines and digestive problems, among other ailments, Dr Busaya explained.

The second category, ‘Applied Thai Traditional Medicine’, uses marijuana oil extract available in two forms: THC only, and a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD. Both forms of the extract oil are used for treating a wide range of conditions, Dr Busays noted, including epilepsy, nausea and vomiting (especially for patients undergoing chemotherapy), involuntary spasms of the nervous system, nerve pain, AIDS patients and end-stage cancer patients. 

One vial of THC only medicine costs B327, while one vial of the THC:CBD medicine costs B994. Those who have registered Vachira Phuket Hospital as their nominated hospital under the Social Security Fund can receive the medicines as part of the state health coverage, Dr Busaya said. However, under the current Ministry of Health regulations, those who have registered at other hospitals will have to pay, she said.

People looking to use medical marijuana treatments are welcome to visit the clinic at Vachira, which is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm, Dr Busaya said.

“The conditions the patient is experiencing must be one of those recognised by the Ministry of Health as eligible for medical marijuana treatment,” Dr Busaya said.

“Also, medical marijuana treatment must be approved by a doctor, psychologist and a pharmacist. Patients will not be given the medicines just because they asked for them,” she added.

In order for patients to receive medical marijuana treatment, they must present themselves at the clinic to be examined by a doctor, who must recommend them for the treatment, Dr Busaya explained.

“The doctor will first try alternative medical treatment, but if that fails only then will the doctor recommend medical marijuana medicine,” she added.

The doctor will follow up for three months to see if the medical marijuana treatment is effective, Dr Busaya noted.

Dr Busaya explained that a letter of reference from a patient’s regular private doctor or another hospital will be accepted to support a patient’s request for medical marijuana treatment, but a letter alone will not be enough evidence for the clinic to start issuing the patient medical marijuana medicines.

“The patient must be assessed by a doctor here at Vachira hospital, in line the regulations set out by the Ministry of Public Health,” she said.

“We do not want patients to miss the chance to receive the right medical treatment,” Dr Busaya concluded.

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Medical CBD – Is There a Legitimate Medical Use to Cannabidiol?

Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence.  The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between.  We will

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Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence. 

The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between. 

We will discuss what medical CBD benefits there are, and if they’ve been verified by science. 

Is CBD Light-Weight Marijuana? 

Thoughts on Smoking CBD Bud Instead of THC Weed

First, remember the differences between CBD and marijuana, both of which come from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, CBD, a type of cannabinoid, is found in both cannabis and hemp. 

On the other hand, THC is another form of cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, and is the part that worries people – since it can cause psychoactive effects, including heightened senses, euphoria, and if you take too much, paranoia. 

By nature, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects, because it either comes from hemp (which has no THC), or it comes from cannabis, in an isolated form with little to no THC content included with the extracted CBD. 

CBD Legality

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Therefore, CBD usually has no relationship with THC, except in the case of “full-spectrum CBD.” Full-spectrum CBD may contain multiple cannabis extracts, and in some cases may contain a certain degree of THC – hence it will seem more potent than isolated CBD.

If CBD oil contains more than 0.3 percent THC that means it is legal marijuana, and can only be sold to adults within the states where marijuana is medically legal or legalized for recreational use. Marijuana plants usually have more resin, which is where much of the THC and CBD comes from, as opposed to hemp plants, which are for more industrial purposes. 

Can You Get High from Medical CBD?

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It wouldn’t be completely forthright to say that CBD has no psychoactive effect at all. If a person takes a CBD product containing 0.3 percent THC or less, they will usually not feel it at all. However, some people are very sensitive to THC and may feel a slight effect if it’s near 0.3 percent. 

Some people claim CBD relaxes them or even interferes with their dreams. However, in the case of vivid dreams, some also speculate that deep “REM” phase sleep, resulting from a more relaxed dreamer, could be the reason for this. 

What Do People Claim CBD Can Do?

Anecdotally speaking, many people have claimed CBD can treat a variety of problems and conditions. Some conditions include:

  • General pain 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Cancer symptoms 
  • Acne
  • Heart health 
  • Inflammation 
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Cancer and tumors 
  • Diabetes 
  • Neuroprotective effects 

These testimonies are not surprising, given that the cannabis plant has always been linked to some health effects for pain and relief. 

If anything, marijuana has been understudied because of its illegal status as a schedule 1 drug for so many years. Only recently have cannabis compounds like marijuana been legalized in various U.S. states, and other countries around the world. 

What Medical CBD Testing Says

CBD Benefits Easily Explained

Agencies, like the FDA, still claim that CBD is not recognized as a treatment for most medical conditions. In fact, the agency still sends out warnings to CBD companies making any medical claims in regards to CBD’s ability to prevent or treat diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even pain or inflammation. 

However, it has been acknowledged that CBD can be an effective drug treatment, especially since through the FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug, Epidiolex, which was scientifically proven to treat certain types of epilepsy such as Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. 

The potency of CBD is so great the FDA has issued warnings regarding possible liver damage for heavy doses. 

Presumed Medical CBD Effects 

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The bigger issue is whether we can acknowledge that CBD does affect the endocannabinoid system, along with other physiological processes. This means it’s likely the drug/supplement will positively affect the body in some way, though specific treatment is not clear at this time. 

For example, if we know for a fact that medical CBD can treat seizures, and seizures result from electrical disturbances in the brain, it’s quite reasonable to speculate that CBD could affect the CB1 receptors in the brain. 

If it could be proven that CBD has neuroprotective effects, we could rightly say CBD treats diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other conditions. 

If it could be proven that CBD reduces inflammation, CBD might be listed as a medical treatment for certain neurodegenerative symptoms, or even diabetes. 

However, more research is needed and all the FDA has done after years of promising to develop regulatory guidelines for health CBD supplements, is continue to file “nothing reports.” 

Should You See a Doctor Before Taking CBD?

CBD and the High Effect

Doing anything outside of your usual lifestyle routine should justify a doctor’s visit. A doctor may be skeptical about medical CBD’s ability to “cure” any problem, but will probably not discourage you from trying the drug, just to see if you experience any pain relief. 

If you’re in good health, and there are no drug interactions that might harm you (such as other drugs that affect the liver), taking low-dose CBD oil or related products might help. 

Conclusion

Who knows – maybe CBD health supplements are being suppressed by Big Pharmacy and the FDA because of Epidiolex’s patent as a medical drug. Or, it could be that CBD human trials are so limited and do not follow the criteria required to verify the science yet. 

Whatever the scenario, medical CBD products are limited at the time being. However, many personally advocate for CBD, stating its value as a pain relief health supplement, not to mention potent treatment for several other conditions. 

Why not see for yourself and start browsing medical CBD topics on CBDEducationOnline.com?

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Can someone point me in the right direction?

I’ve been depressed for years and I cycle between low and even lower in terms of my mood.

Right now I am having serious brain fog and can’t gather the words to properly articulate just how low I am feeling, mainly because my depressed mood these past few months has just built up to the point that i’ve shut down and am disassociating again.

I have a therapist but cbt therapy has never helped even though i’ve dedicated 4 years of my life to it. I’m seeing, yet again, a new psychiatrist after trying several different SSRIs and psychotropics over the years that I never benefited from.

This one prescribed me an antipsychotic called Latuda that’s used to treat bipolar depression. I have not taken it because i’m traumatised from bad experiences with psych meds in the past.

I don’t think i’m crazy. I’m just a chronically and deeply depressed individual for whatever reason. Or for no reason. My depression makes no sense. I should be thriving right now. I’m 26. Too young to be feeling this worn down.

I also deal with an anxiety disorder that my therapist describes as “the most severe case of anxiety he’s encountered.” Lmao. I was diagnosed with GAD years ago and I have anxiety literally every moment I am awake. At any given moment, I am experiencing one physical symptom of anxiety if not more. I take so many trips to the ER i’d consider it a second home.

Shortness of breath and throat tightness has been a fun one i’ve been gifted with more recently. To relieve this, I started smoking cigarettes more. Makes a lot of sense, I know.

OCD and ADD are also debilitating. Insomnia. I can’t sleep without my Ambien prescription and even then I have terrible quality of sleep.

I have so many mental health issues and I don’t know how they’re all connected or what caused what or even the root of my issues. Is the ADD a symptom of my depression? Or is it the other way around? Same with all my other diagnoses. Who fucking knows.

Bottom line, i’m a mess and every day I keep telling myself I can’t go on like this but I can’t seem to die and every day I struggle so much it doesn’t make sense to keep going when it only gets worse.

I think I am extremely sensitive to THC because every time I have smoked it ends in a full blown panic attack and an existential crisis that leads me to the hospital. I already deal with depersonalization so feeling outside of my body is a recipe for disaster in my book.

I need to get my mood up and feel more energised and balanced and be productive before I get fired. My boss keeps telling me my negative attitude and lack of energy is off-putting. I get absolutely no work done. All I do is sit in my chair, miserable, counting down the minutes until I can speed back to my apartment and sleep.

Please recommend me something. Anything. I’ll try anything. I did once try a grossly overpriced CBD tincture and the effects were…questionable.

I thought this would be a short post asking for some quick advice but I got carried away. I know I personally can’t always read long posts so I understand if nobody responds. But if anyone that’s even slightly knowledgeable can guide me a bit…just skim through this please 🙁

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Visit our community site for vetted suppliers at http://theCBD.place. It’s time that this subject was given more internet exposure. We are here to discuss topics related to medical marijuana and our experiences using CBD. Please do not assume that anyone here is a medical professional.

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