Phuket Health Chief warns that cannabis should only be used for legitimate medical reasons with licensed doctor approval, not recreational


The Phuket Health Chief has delivered a public warning about cannabis, stating it is better to be used for licensed medical reasons only. According to the chief, cannabis is not good to use for recreational reasons and potentially dangerous.

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Chief Doctor Kusak Kukiattikoon told The Phuket Express, “As a law, cannabis has changed after June 9th, to become decriminalized, however, we still want people to use cannabis for licensed medical reasons only under the care of a physician and not recreational.”

“Cannabis has many advantages for medical patients. If it is necessary to be used, it should be advised and prescribed by licensed doctors. People who don’t have any health problems should not use cannabis, however, especially for intoxication. There might be some side effects or allergic reactions to these people. Many people are not aware that the effects of cannabis can also cause issues with response time, energy levels, and focus.” The chief continued.

“When we eat at restaurants we should also ask them if they add any cannabis into food. This is important as some people are allergic to cannabis. We are now inspecting restaurants in Phuket to make sure that they put notices to inform they have cannabis as ingredients in food.” The chief added.

The chief also noted that the Public Health Department was looking for possible legal ways to ensure cannabis was only used for medical reasons and not recreational.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.