For today's weed news to go to the great nation of Thailand.
I recently wrote a story about how Thailand is making major moves to become Asia's top medical cannabis tourism destination. Well it seems like they are continuing to make progress towards that goal.
This week, scientists from Chiang Mai's Maejo University proudly announced that they have created Thailand's first official medical cannabis strain that will be used by those currently registered as cannabis patients in the country. The strain is called Issara 01, after the Thai word for independence or freedom. It is a 1 to 1 CBD:THC ratio strain.
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charvirakul recently what's spoke to the Bangkok Post about the countries progress around medical weed, calling the creation of an official national medical strain of cannabis "... Historic first steps on the path towards allowing people to grow 6 cannabis trees in their homes... The university will be a center where ordinary people can learn how to plant and grow good quality cannabis. Cannabis is not an issue of politics, it is a product that can benefit people's health. In the near future, families will be able to plant it in their back gardens like any other herb."
Maejo University is already reporting that they've started work on their next strain, Maejo 01. They are currently waiting for the green light in the form of a so-called "plantation license", (from the Thai government I assume), to increase production as well as their medical Cannabis research efforts.
"If the plantation license is approved, we have plans to extend the Cannabis growing to outdoor areas too, which is likely to be suitable for the local strains that are found in many parts of the country," said director of the University's Natural Farming Research and Development Center, Arnat Tencho.
"We will also continue our research and development to find the perfect strains for particular medical treatments," added Tencho.
As I wrote a week or two ago and the Cannabis tourism story, Thailand has a rich history of cannabis use both medical and otherwise prior to the 1930s. It is amazing to see their current leaders realizing that they were right back then, and working hard to undo and counteract the roadblocks and bullshit propaganda around this wonderful plant.
Shoutouts to the scientists at Maejo University as well as Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health for helping to speed-up the paradigm shift around cannabis as well as the growth of the MMJ situation in their beautiful country.
And for now, that's what's up in Thailand!
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