Psychiatric hospital expects jump in new cannabis cases

Psychiatric hospital expects jump in new cannabis cases

Nakhon Sawan Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Medical center expects to treat progressively more patients because of marijuana use.

Hospital deputy movie director Dr Mantana Kittipeerachon said yesterday that between January plus August, the hospital handled 103 patients to get conditions related to marijuana use.

Of this number, 103 patients were handled as outpatients while 16 others were hospitalised.

This compares to an overall total of 122 situations for the whole of last year.

The recent figure shows there will likely be an increase in the number of patients this year, Dr Mantana said.

Most patients had been found to have suffered from hallucinations after using cannabis for leisure purposes, while others created mental health conditions.

Dr Mantana said those who experience mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder plus schizophrenia, as well as coronary heart and kidney illnesses, should avoid using cannabis.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, marijuana use among children was discussed in a national child plus youth development workshop.

This discussed ways in which kids can be better protected from the plant.

Dr Rasmon Kalayasiri, director of the Centre for Addiction Study at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty associated with Medicine, said society needs to adapt to latest changes in the law concerning cannabis, learn more about the plant and prevent children from accessing it.

“Children consider new things and have easy access to cannabis products via online shopping, ” Dr Rasmon stated.

“The effects from cannabis may have an extensive impact on their understanding capabilities and mental health. ”