No free canna oil, as rumours are claiming

Rumours have been circulating on social media that people can take their ID cards to the provincial hospitals across Thailand to receive free cannabis oil. Nakornping Hospital has confirmed that they have seen a fair number of people coming requesting the free oil.

Today, Nopasit Kanti, Head of the Nakornping’s Pharmacist Working Group, has come out to announce that the rumours are false.

He said that while patients may be prescribed oils for last stage cancer patients, those suffering from nausea or patients with Parkinson’s disease, along with a shortlist of other illnesses the oil can be legally prescribed for, patients must pay for their own medicine, unless they are insured or covered by government health insurance.

While cannabis oil is slowly working its way into the mainstream of Thai medicine, he continued, it will still be strictly monitored and only prescribed by doctors.

He went on to say that since the rumours began about 15 people each day have been coming to the hospital requesting free canna oil.