Marijuana in the Thai Way of Life: Information from Some Literature

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Vichai Chokevivat

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The movement on marijuana or cannabis in Thailand is not limited only for medical use, but also for its liberal use like in some other countries or some states in the United States of America. The focus is on the benefits of cannabis as it has been regarded as part of Thai people’s lifestyle since the old days. This study aims to review the roles of cannabis in Thais’ way of life in the past by reviewing related ancient and contemporary literature including historical documents, documentaries and semi-documentaries. The study reveals that, in the past, cannabis was used as an ingredient in medicines and foods, but not much; no cannabis was found in performing rituals like in some civilizations. Its recreational use was mostly prevalent in lower-class people as Thai society regarded cannabis as a bad thing and the user as a bad person.

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