Traditional Thai Medicine and Cannabis
Traditional Thai medicine is more commonly known by its acronym, TTM. The term might sound pretty self-explanatory, but when you find out that cannabis is a key component of these age-old holistic treatments, it takes on a different dimension. Thailand and its relationship with ganja has been very sketchy over the past 80 years or so, until it was recently legalized in February 2022 for medical purposes.
But the truth is that cannabis has been a major part of TTM for hundreds of years and has been used for thousands of years in China to treat over 100 ailments. At this moment, you can enjoy all manner of cannabis treatments to improve your overall quality of life thousands of years in China to treat over 100 ailments. At this moment, you can enjoy all manner of cannabis treatments to improve your overall quality of life. At our Kush House Bangkok weed dispensary, we have TTM specialists on hand to inform you about cannabis and its health benefits.
If you are struggling to understand the medical benefits of cannabis, let’s take a more in-depth look at TTM and what this means for the Thai medical industry going forward now that the Thai cannabis laws have changed.
What is Thai Traditional Medicine?
Traditional Thai medicine is a range of holistic medical treatments and practices that have been used for centuries. It’s very similar to traditional Chinese medicine principles but is not quite as old, famous, or widespread. Since the legalization of cannabis in Thailand, TTM has started to trend and has once again become more prevalent and accepted across the Kingdom. And considering that cannabis was used in a medical sense in Thailand before it was formally made illegal in 1935, it’s about time.
TTM is essentially a handpicked selection of herbal treatments, medicines, and spiritual practices that have been used in a traditional sense by Thai people since antiquity. Even the world-famous Thai massage therapies and practices are a key part of TTM and have been for a very long time. All these practices and therapies have deep roots in the Buddhism religion, which is practiced by 94% of Thais, so it’s something that penetrates their daily lives.
It’s been said that TTM existed before even Thailand was established as a country. It’s that old! TTM was initially created by the Mon and Khmer tribes that we now see on the Thai borders with Laos and Cambodia. Thailand was first established as a country back in 1238, so TTM in this region is older and is possibly even 1,000 years old or more. And considering that China is relatively not too far away from what is now Northern Thailand, it could possibly be over 2,000 years old in Thailand. The traditions surrounding TTM are believed to have been derived from animalistic foundations and roots.
What is the history of medical cannabis?
Talking about China and their ancient use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, did you know that the oldest mentions of ganja as medicine are almost 5,000 years old? Traditional Chinese medicine is an anomaly that goes against what we know about ancient history as a whole. Our first known civilization is in Sumer in Mesopotamia, over 6,000 years ago, and the use of cannabis nearly predates that.
It’s commonly accepted that cannabis has been used for traditional medicine in China since 2800 BC. The first account in the history of ganja being used for medical purposes was by the Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung, who is widely accepted as the granddaddy of Chinese medicine, also known as the Pharmacopoeia, and the reason why medicine is called pharmaceuticals today.
Is cannabis beneficial for your health?
The health benefits of cannabis are still regarded as largely under-researched, even after all these years, and it makes you wonder if there has been a plan to subdue its medical benefits. But the truth is that you can enjoy a wide range of cannabis treatments to treat all manner of ailments. Now that traditional Thai medicine is available across Thailand, you can enjoy a wide range of products and benefits that were pretty much illegal before.
Smoking weed is not really the right way to ingest cannabis for medical purposes and is more for recreational reasons. But there are a bunch of ingestible cannabis medicine treatments called edibles that can be taken orally for great effects. There’s also a wide range of CBD products, such as pills, lotions, and creams, that can really alleviate muscle and joint problems. Here is a list of some of the most commonly known benefits of medical cannabis.
- It can be used to lower blood pressure.
- fighting and eradicating inflammation.
- can increase the appetite in cancer patients undergoing chemo.
- ideal for treating those addicted to hard drugs.
- helps fight against glaucoma.
- can prevent seizures or subdue them.
- It alleviates gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and issues.
- can help in battles against cancer.
- It alleviates stress and anxiety issues.
The above health benefits of cannabis for TTM might not work for everyone, but they are worth a try. For sure, not enough studies have been done at this time, but the benefits are still massive. And when you consider that opioids are used for medical purposes, it seems scandalous that medical cannabis was illegal for so long in Thailand and still is in many countries across the world.
Modern-day cannabis and Thai Medicine
You can now visit Thai weed shops like our Kush House Bangkok dispensary in the heart of the city to buy medical-grade cannabis or other forms of edibles and medicines that have high THC and CBD qualities. We have TTM experts on hand that can match THC/CBD products to fit your ailments so you can enjoy a range of health benefits that are tailored to your needs.
And because it’s now legal to buy and possess all parts of a cannabis plant in Thailand, you don’t have to worry about being arrested or being illegal. You can buy, store, grow, and use cannabis legally in Thailand for all your medical needs. So please come over to see us at Kush House Bangkok today to find out how medical marijuana can vastly improve your quality of life, especially if you have anxiety issues or are currently undergoing bouts of chemotherapy for cancer treatments.