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Cannabis use brings health risks and benefits, warns Phuket health chief

Cannabis use brings health risks and benefits, warns Phuket health chief

PHUKET: Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO), has spoken out on the use of cannabis and the availability of cannabis products in Phuket, especially consumables.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 16 June 2022, 10:15AM

People should not think that marijuana has been approved for recreational use, Dr Kusak said during a radio interview yesterday (June 15).

“Marijuana has been decriminalised since June 9, but it is for medical use only. It is not for recreational use,” he said.

Dr Kusak noted that the Cannabis and Hemp Act has yet to be legislated. “There will be definitions for the use of cannabis,” he said.

“While marijuana is restricted for patients, it should not be used by people such as those with symptoms of heart disease, lung disease, pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding. If necessary, consult a doctor,” Dr Kusak said.

“Cannabis is useful if not used too much. It will help with insomnia, loss of appetite and pain. It will have a medical effect that can help. But if you eat too much, there will be side effects. It can seriously affect the body, especially for those who have never eaten it before at all,” he added.

Some people are allergic to cannabis, Dr Kusak also warned.

“Negative side effects include dizziness, trembling, dry mouth, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. A drop in blood pressure is also a common side effect,” he said.

Dr Kusak urged people dining at restaurants to first ask if what they are ordering contains cannabis. “It is especially important for people who are allergic to marijuana,” he said.

“I have ordered PPHO officers to visit restaurants in the area to inform the operators of these issues, and to check whether foods are clearly labelled for containing cannabis.

“Although there are currently no legal restrictions on the use of cannabis leaves as a cooking ingredient, we need to be aware of the safety of people and the real benefits of cannabis use,” he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 17 June 2022 - 12:43:05

Kurt, you need to google again. The use of cannabis in South Korea for recreation is strictly forbidden ! As for North Korea: Fly over there and smoke it. Could be that after that we won't here from you for quite some time ! 555

Kurt | 17 June 2022 - 11:30:13

When DKK googles he will see there is no 'maybe'. There are more than 32 countries, all with own regulations. Also South Korea with own regulations, since 2018. North Korea since 1980!  So: 'none in Asia' is not true.

JohnC | 17 June 2022 - 09:03:21

Dr Kusal needs to go backto medical school before he sprouts off on topics he is clearly not very knowledgable about. His negative comments bring back memories of the Anslinger trials of America when they tried to convince the world marijuana was the devil's drug. Pure cockamamy back then and still is now. Even the Yanks are opening their minds and legalising 
 it again in many states.

DeKaaskopp | 16 June 2022 - 19:00:36

@Kurt   There are maybe many countries where people use cannabis for a recreational purpose, but in how many countries it is actually fully legal to do so ? Actually not many and none in Asia !

jamstock | 16 June 2022 - 16:19:06

He should also remind people that drinking too much alcohol can lead to bad side effects, such as death.

Kurt | 16 June 2022 - 13:17:17

Dr Kusak seems to be to late with his cannabis advices. Advices/guide lines/ warnings should have been spread BEFORE legalising, not AFTER. Now panick ordering not solve this lack of early education? Thai people know that cannabis is used recreational in many countries. Not just for profits of ( Thai) Hi-So's.

noj111 | 16 June 2022 - 10:31:37

Eating too much can be a very unpleasant experience, and should never drive after eating.


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