Weed treatment costs jump to B20bn: Ministry

Weed treatment costs jump to B20bn: Ministry

Weed treatment costs jump to B20bn: Ministry
Cannabis flowers were for purchase at the Nonthaburi Green Market in April of last year. ( Photo: Chanat Katanyu )

According to the Public Health Ministry, cannabis-related treatment prices increased from 3 billion to 20 billion ringgit next year as a result of a rise in population use.

Minister Somsak Thepsutin stated at a public hearing on cannabis use and its effects on society that more individuals have been getting bored and suffering from mental illness since its decriminalization. According to him, the government annually budgets for the administration’s “universal health treatment” program.

Since cannabis was delisted as a narcotic substance, the funds for the treatment of patients who used it increased from about 3 billion ringgit to 20 billion ringgit next year. This is very large, he said, and it raises concerns about hemp use.

Additionally, a study in the US found that cannabis-using children’s IQ dropped by eight to nine positions, despite the plant’s effects on child mental development. The results problem the state, he said.

He said the reading on Saturday, which brought up children, doctors and medical systems, and civil society systems, was part of the government’s attempt to relist hemp, particularly cannabis blossoms, as a opioid by the end of this year.

The current regulation only lists cannabis extracts that contain more than 0.2 % total tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) as narcotics.

Kriangkrai Puengchuea, from the Substance Abuse Academic Foundation, said 7, 700 hemp stores had opened globally since the plant was legalised.

Those stores sell arid cannabis buds and cannabis- associated products, allowing customers to employ cannabis responsibly. 40 % of heroin users started their medication voyage using cannabis, according to a study conducted in a northern nation.

Dr Manit Sisurapanont, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Thailand, said studies in the US found people get addicted to the use of hemp, which leads to mental health problems. The use of hemp can eventually result in IQ decline and emotional illnesses.

Dr. Prakarn Thomyangkoon, a part of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, claimed using cannabis could lead to suicide attempt by big users, and that the plant-derived chemical could taint breast milk.

According to Youth Network Against Cannabis ( YNAC ), Arthit Satienwaree said that the general public is unaware of the cannabis use because some people believe the plant can be used anywhere because it is legal.

According to him, the miscommunication resulted in community-grown cannabis and improper use of the plant, including instances where it was combined with snacks that were later consumed by children without their knowledge.

Due to widespread issues over the effects of cannabis use on the health of adolescents and teenagers, YNAC supports the president’s relisting of the grow as a narcotic.