Cannabis in Thai conventional medicine: Friend or foe?
Keywords:Cannabis, conventional medicine, therapeutic use
Cannabis has been prescribed as medicine for over a hundred years, especially in the field of traditional medicine. Cannabis has various therapeutic properties, such as analgesic and sedative properties, to relax patients’ minds and relieve pain symptoms. Under the restriction for over decades, recently cannabis has been taken out of regulations with the permission of the Thai government. Nowadays, there are two fields of cannabis usage in Thailand, i.e., conventional medicine, which uses cannabis oil as complementary and alternative medicine, and traditional medicine, which uses cannabis in the form of cannabis oil and crude extract of leaves, including stems and roots in the mixture. This article will briefly review the benefits and adverse events (AEs) of cannabis use in conventional medicine, including the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors.
Keywords: Cannabis; Conventional medicine; Therapeutic use
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