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First batch of medical marijuana oil on its way

By The Nation

 

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An initial batch of 15,000 doses of medical-cannabis oil will be ready for distribution among some registered people in need within the coming month, the Public Health Ministry announced on Tuesday.

 

Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) had begun harvesting medical-grade cannabis to use in producing cannabinoid medicines, so doses should be ready as early as the end of this month.

 

Dr Piyasakol said the GPO would prepare 10,000 drops of cannabis oil to be taken sublingually (under the tongue) and Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital another 5,000 doses.

 

He acknowledged the initial amount was not enough to meet demand and would in fact be entirely distributed among volunteers enrolled in a trial process.

 

But he promised that production would be expanded in coming phases to ensure an adequate supply.

 

“In the first phase from July to September, people who have been certified by a doctor as being likely to benefit from cannabis can only get their prescribed medicine at major hospitals in Bangkok and the provincial hospitals,” Piyasakol said.

 

“In the second phase, starting by April next year, they’ll have access to the medicine at every hospital.”

 

He said the ministry had meanwhile prepared guidelines for both medical practitioners and recipients to ensure the distribution system is efficient and circumspective and to prevent abuses or inappropriate access.

 

GPO chairman Dr Sopon Mekthon said his agency planned to expand cultivation by investing in new greenhouses.

 

“It not only assures larger cannabis yields but also helps reduce production costs by up to eightfold, compared to cultivating in a normal indoor situation,” Sopon said.

 

“We are now studying the types and specifications of greenhouses suited to intensive cannabis cultivation and expect to start construction next year.”

 

Sopon noted that the World Health Organisation could drop CBD (major chemical compound cannabidiol) from its list of illicit narcotics next year, which would remove a prohibition on planting specific strains that have CBD as the primary component. Licensed farmers would be able to cultivate these strains, he said.

 

“If people are allowed to legally plant CBD-rich cannabis, we plan to buy the crops from them on a contractual basis as another way to obtain more cannabis for producing medicine.

 

“But the GPO will only accept cannabis that meets our medical-grade standards to ensure the safety of our products.”

 

Sopon said the GPO had already begun cultivating CBD-rich cannabis itself to be ready for the WHO policy change anticipated next year.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30372668

 

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He acknowledged the initial amount was not enough to meet demand and would in fact be entirely distributed among volunteers enrolled in a trial process. Wonder if that's the new Government ? any reason why it is pink is that to match the uniforms ?

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1 hour ago, jvs said:

Give me a work permit and decent wages and i can tell you all you need to know about growing indoors!!

Ridiculous. The best stuff is grown outdoors. Natural light always wins.

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A friend (ahem!) brought some seeds back from Lao/LOS to a northern hemisphere country and grew indoors.  It was a sativa, and took app. 12 weeks just for the flowering phase!

 

IMO it is ridiculous to not use sunlight for growing in the tropics.  Even if they don't want to grow outdoors they can do greenhouses.  The big problem with outdoor growing is the critters and insects, or so I've been told.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, bendejo said:

IMO it is ridiculous to not use sunlight for growing in the tropics.  Even if they don't want to grow outdoors they can do greenhouses.  The big problem with outdoor growing is the critters and insects, or so I've been told

Yes for sure that is how it has grown before we came along with artificial lighting but growing outside will always take longer .. Under artificial lighting it is possible to flower some strains at a developed stage in 6/7 weeks under a 12/12 regime of twelve hrs light , 12 hrs darkness and even quicker if you are OK with a constantly changing start/finish schedule of 10/10 or ten hrs light , 10 dark .. 

You are correct that growing in Polly tunnels or green houses can be preferable to pure outside but greenhouses and Polly tunnels need to be ventilated also usually with fans as the plants when flowering become quite moist and can start going mouldy if not breezed with free flowing air to prevent it .. 

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In the tropics the length of day/night doesn't vary as much, it's within 1 hour of 12/12 year round. 

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5 hours ago, bendejo said:

A friend (ahem!) brought some seeds back from Lao/LOS to a northern hemisphere country and grew indoors.  It was a sativa, and took app. 12 weeks just for the flowering phase!

 

IMO it is ridiculous to not use sunlight for growing in the tropics.  Even if they don't want to grow outdoors they can do greenhouses.  The big problem with outdoor growing is the critters and insects, or so I've been told.

 

 

It's not just outside, the cannabis that was growen indoors by the Thai's GOV. Was full on spider mites and power mold, but they are not talking about that!

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I got news for you it’s already here. These two bottles of Cannabis drops came from a doctor in North Eastern Thailand. It contains THC as well and it’s better than opioids without the dangerous side effects and without the potential for addiction.

 

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