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There are quite a few people who feel despair about illnesses that cannot be cured due to the limitations of medical care in Japan. But now the world is not as big as you might think. You can go abroad at any time. Treatments that are not allowed in Japan are legally given there to save those who are losing hope in Japan.

That said, there are many people who can’t take a step even if they know it in their heads. Everyone thinks the same. If it’s as easy as it sounds, all patients are already out of the country.

Speaking of anxiety about overseas medical care, there may be differences in treatment methods and ways of thinking about illness in the first place. Also, the language barrier, and what to do in the unlikely event that something happens.

Going abroad for medical treatment that cannot be done in Japan is now called “medical tourism”. The general image is to go to Europe and the United States in search of more advanced medical care. However, what is already known to some Japanese people is tourism, which is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia and goes to receive medical care that cannot be done in Japan.

Medical cannabis is one of them.

Medical cannabis was legalized in Thailand in 2019, and treatment using cannabis began to be implemented in various medical institutions sequentially from 2020. Here, I would like to see the advantages and disadvantages of receiving such medical cannabis treatment in Thailand.

Thailand with a high level of medical technology

First of all, the most disturbing thing about medical care overseas is how high the medical care in that country is compared to Japan.

It is no exaggeration to say that the medical level in Thailand is equivalent to that in Japan. Many Thai doctors are also excellent human resources and are enthusiastic about research. He has deep ties with overseas medical personnel and has a high level of technology and knowledge.

In addition, there is a reputation that the technology is higher than that of Japan in some fields. For example, in dentistry, it is said that the range of medical treatment is free, unlike Japan, which is stubbornly tied up by national health insurance. Therefore, the range of treatment is wide, and the technical skills of doctors will naturally improve. This is recognized by Japanese dentists and dental medical device manufacturers.

In that respect, Thailand has been lifted while medical cannabis has not even been discussed in Japan, so there is no doubt that it will lead Japan in this field in the future.

The Thai government currently permits the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of cancer, chronic pain, refractory epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, insomnia, etc. When these illnesses made it difficult to expect medical care in Japan, it was time to consider medical tourism to Thailand.

Especially in Thailand, the sense of distance traveled is better than in Europe and the United States. You can arrive from Japan in just 6 hours by plane. It takes some physical strength to move. I’m just going to get medical care, so I don’t have as much physical strength as a normal healthy person, so I want to shorten the travel distance. In that case, Thailand is convenient.

In recent years, Thailand may not see much good news due to political instability, but the Thai government is relatively friendly to Japan, and it is said that ordinary Thais are also pro-Japanese. Such a sense of security is also one of the reasons why I would like to recommend Thailand as a destination for medical tourism.

Selenium Hospital is the only hospital that is fully licensed for medical cannabis

Even if you realistically decide to go to Thailand for medical cannabis treatment, another problem will arise. It’s about where to get the right treatment. Medical cannabis is a field where research has just begun, even from a global perspective. It is not clear how the indications and side effects occur. A hospital that can respond appropriately at that time is good.

Therefore, “Selenium Hospital” can be relied on. This is the only hospital in Thailand that has received the necessary approvals for all four processes: “cultivation of medical cannabis”, “pharmaceutical manufacturing” using it, “treatment facility”, and “medical doctor”. is. You can expect consistent medical care that is legally managed. In Thailand, where medical cannabis has just begun, there are cases where traders who misunderstand laws and regulations use illegal cannabis and unlicensed drugs. To receive medical cannabis treatment with peace of mind, you must choose a proper hospital.

In that respect, this selenium hospital is safe and secure. What’s more, it is Dr. Renou Ubon who directs the medical cannabis treatment here. Dr. Renou graduated from Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1980 with a PhD. In other words, there is no problem with Japanese. In addition, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun and Sunshine in the Spring 2015 Foreigner’s Medal by the Japanese government for serving as the Medical Office Manager and Deputy Medical Office Manager of the Japanese Clinic at Bangkok Hospital, the largest hospital in Thailand.

This Seren Hospital is now the best treatment destination for Japanese patients who want to receive medical cannabis treatment by a Japanese-speaking doctor at a safe hospital approved by the Thai government.

Challenges remaining in Thai medical tourism

Selenium Hospital is located in a quiet residential area near Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the gateway to Thailand. Although it is far from the suburbs of Bangkok, it has the advantage of being able to concentrate on treatment as soon as it arrives in Thailand. It is not within walking distance, but it is also close to the Airport Link station, which is a train line from the airport.

However, it is a licensed and reliable hospital, and even under the proven doctor Renou, some anxiety factors and disadvantages remain. This is not limited to selenium hospitals, but is also a problem in general medical tourism overseas.

At Selenium Hospital, a Japanese questionnaire prepared under the supervision of Dr. Renou will be prepared. Before you apply for a medical examination at the hospital, you can understand to some extent whether this medical cannabis matches your symptoms. Then you will actually see a doctor in Thailand. However, there is one thing that you don’t know that treatment doesn’t actually start, Dr. Renou says.

“Some people don’t get the benefits of medical cannabis at all.”

Even if you come all the way to Thailand, some people cannot be treated with medical cannabis. Also, since cannabis is a natural material, it is often thought that it has no side effects like Western medicine medicines, but it is not always the case. Your heart rate may rise and your body temperature may change significantly.

“If you have such symptoms, you may have to stop using medical cannabis.”

Dr. Renou continues. Whether or not the ingredients of medical cannabis match the patient’s constitution cannot be known without actually administering it. “I only know what the effect will be in the field” is a demerit that cannot be avoided in medical tourism.

Rest assured that cannabis is prescribed according to the individual patient

The demerit of effectiveness is currently a problem not only for selenium hospitals, but for medical cannabis as a whole. However, it is also at Selenium Hospital that these disadvantages can be avoided as much as possible.

The efficacy of medical cannabis, the time required for the effect to be seen, and the length of hospital stay vary depending on the symptoms and constitution. If you can manage yourself, you don’t need to be hospitalized at all, and if you still feel uneasy because you can’t get rid of the image that cannabis is an illegal drug, you can stay in the hospital for a few days and see the improvement of your symptoms.

In any case, medical cannabis is still in the research stage in Thailand, so administration should be done while observing the individual reactions and symptoms of each patient. Doctors such as Dr. Renou first administer a drop of liquid extracted from cannabis and watch for about 2 hours to find the most suitable amount for the patient. This kind of tailor-made treatment can be done at Selenium Hospital.

In addition to Dr. Renou, the fact that Japanese language support is also substantial is another merit of applying for treatment at Selenium Hospital. A receiver of medical tourism, and Asia Medical Herbs International (AMHI), which stands between Selenium Hospital and patients, will help patients and their companions outside of treatment.

For example, Thailand is a country that requires a visa for staying, and extension procedures are difficult unless you are familiar with the local situation. Treatment should be completed within the period of residence permit, but this may not be the case depending on the situation. With the support of AMHI, you can concentrate on your treatment with confidence.

There are many unknowns about medical cannabis, but when I lose hope for Japanese treatment, I would like to remind you of the lifting of the ban on medical cannabis in Thailand and Thailand’s only integrated treatment at Seren Hospital.

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http://serenehospitalthailand.com/

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By 髙田胤臣(Taneomi Takada)

タイ在住ライター。『亜細亜熱帯怪談(晶文社)』、『バンコクアソビ(イーストプレス)』、『ベトナム 裏の歩き方(彩図社)』などや電子書籍、雑誌やウェブで執筆。

Writer living in Thailand. He writes for "Asia Tropical Ghost Stories" (Shobunsha), "Bangkok Asobi" (East Press), "How to Walk Behind the Scenes in Vietnam" (Saizusha), e-books, magazines, and the web.

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