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This research aimed to study knowledge and attitudes about the therapeutic use of cannabis among the people in Phitsanulok province. According to the multi-stage random sampling calculation, 400 people in the 20-59-year age group were recruited into the study. Data were collected using a knowledge assessment form and then analyzed using descriptive statistics including percentage, mean, and standard deviation. The results showed that the respondents’ overall knowledge was at a moderate level (mean score, 19.02; SD, 0.46). The knowledge levels were moderate about cannabis’s botanical aspect (mean, 4.33; SD, 0.43), medical use (mean, 5.55; SD, 0.46), side effects (mean, 4.82; SD, 0.47), and basic legal aspect (mean, 4.32; SD, 0.47); and the overall attitude level towards medical cannabis was moderate (mean, 2.95; SD, 0.37) – the first three highest levels being cannabis knowledge promotion (mean, 4.33; SD, 0.89), followed by current inaccurate advertisements about cannabis causing misinformation (mean, 3.94; SD, 0.92), and cannabis’ therapeutic properties (mean, 3.92; SD, 0.91). Thus, the correct or accurate knowledge or information of medical cannabis needs to be given to the people as well as public health personnel; and positive attitudes on this matter have to be created.
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