Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Thailand

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Last updated on July 16th, 2022 at 06:34 am

According to the Ministry of Health, the qualifying conditions for being treated with Medical Marijuana in Thailand are as follows:

Qualifying conditions That hemp substances can be useful in treatment with clear academic support information

  • Nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy
  • Epilepsy that is difficult to treat and epilepsy that is resistant to medication
  • Central nervous system pain who have used other methods of treatment with no relief
  • Muscle spasms in patients with nerve degeneration
  • Anorexia in AIDS patients who are underweight
  • Improving the quality of life for patients receiving palliative care or patients in the last stage of life

Qualifying conditions that should benefit from cannabis but still need additional research support

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • GAD: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Other diseases that have academic support data that should benefit
  • Other peripheral neuropathy
  • Patients who need palliative care
  • Terminal cancer patients

Other diseases that have academic support data that should benefit

While there is no official definition of what constitutes a disease that has academic support data that the patient may benefit from the use of medical cannabis therapy, some commonly accepted qualifying conditions in other countries where medical cannabis is legal are:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Dyskinetic Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Tourette syndrome

Contradictions (reasons why medical cannabis would not be used in treatment)

  • History of allergies to hemp products or solvents used in extraction
  • Heart disease that cannot be controlled
  • People with impaired liver / kidney function
  • Psychosis, mood disorder or anxiety
  • Pregnant women, lactating women, women of reproductive age who do not use contraception, or women with pregnancy plans
  • Pediatric patients

Qualifying Condition Definitions

Definitions provided below are from WebMD.com

Alzheimer’s DiseaseDementia is a general term for symptoms of mental decline that interfere with a person’s daily life. It is not a normal part of aging. The symptoms can include problems with memory, communication, and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s begin slowly and get worse over time.
AutismAutism, also called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complicated condition that includes problems with communication and behavior. It can involve a wide range of symptoms and skills. ASD can be a minor problem or a disability that needs full-time care in a special facility.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)ALS is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time. It affects nerves in your brain and spinal cord that control your muscles. As your muscles get weaker, it gets harder for you to walk, talk, eat, and breathe.
CancerCancer, also called malignancy, is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.
Crohn’s DiseaseCrohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea, sometimes bloody, and weight loss.
Dyskinetic DisordersTardive dyskinesia causes stiff, jerky movements of your face and body that you can’t control. You might blink your eyes, stick out your tongue, or wave your arms without meaning to do so.
EpilepsySeizures, abnormal movements or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all people who appear to have seizures have epilepsy, a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures.
Generalized Anxiety DisorderGeneralized anxiety disorder (or GAD) is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry.
GlaucomaGlaucoma is a condition that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It gets worse over time. It’s often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye.
HIV/AIDSHuman immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens a person’s ability to fight infections. It is mostly contracted through unprotected sex or needle sharing.
Huntington’s DiseaseHuntington’s disease (HD) is a hereditary and progressive brain disorder.
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of disorders in which the intestines become inflamed.
Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
Opioid Use DisorderFor years we used terms like opioid abuse, drug abuse, drug dependence, and drug addiction interchangeably. But the guidelines doctors use to diagnose these issues no longer contain the terms abuse or dependence.
Palliative CarePpalliative care is actually a new medical specialty that has recently emerged. It doesn’t serve only the dying. Instead, it focuses more broadly on improving life and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses.
Parkinson’s DiseaseParkinson’s disease affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. Parkinson’s disease symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait. After diagnosis, treatments can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.
Peripheral NeuropathyPeripheral neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord from and to the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.
Post-traumatic Stress DisorderPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened.
Sickle Cell AnemiaSickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common inherited blood disorder. That means it’s passed down through families. You’re born with SCD. It is not something you catch or develop later in life.
Tourette SyndromeTourette’s syndrome is a problem with the nervous system that causes people to make sudden movements or sounds, called tics, that they can’t control.

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