The Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri province has been cited as a model hospital working with community enterprises in the research and development of Thai herbal plants on a full cycle basis.
Speaking during his inspection of facilities for research and development of Thai herbs at the Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital, Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha, stated that the hospital is involved with all processes of herbal production, ranging from cultivation to the processing into pharmaceutical products and cosmetics.
The Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital is renowned for traditional medicine treatment and herbal products. It is a location for the production of medical cannabis oil for treatment in both modern and traditional medicine.
Mr. Satit said that Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr has opened a medical cannabis clinic for one year now, treating patients suffering mainly from cancer and nervous system disorders. It has worked with four community enterprises in planting and producing medical cannabis.
This hospital has distributed cannabis medicines to various hospitals under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health across the country. As of 19 February 2021, Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr distributed 37,394 bottles of cannabis oil to 458 hospitals.
He said that Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr has also used cannabis in its spa services such as in traditional massage and mixing in water with other herbs. Moreover, the hospital uses cannabis as an ingredient for cooking and preparing beverages, as well.
He said that Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr has become a learning center for both the people and the business sector for the use of Thai herbs in a systematic manner. In the latest development, the Hat Yang area in Prachin Buri has been chosen as the site for the project carried out jointly by the hospital and community enterprises in developing organic herbal plants.
The project will help upgrade the Thai herbal industry, promote herbal tourism, and increase income for farmers.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department