From January 29 to February 2, 2020, Thailand will host the World Ganja Festival. The event is organized by the Association of Thai Explorers with support from the local government.
Cannabis experts from around the world will take part in the festival
To host the festival, the Thai Explorers Association has partnered with the Thai Nationalism Foundation, the Thai Journalists Association, and the municipalities of three regions of the country. The venue for the World Ganja Festival was an area of 16 hectares near the Nong Yat Reservoir in Nakhon Phanom Province.
Festival adviser Charan Kullawanit spoke about the upcoming event: “Thailand will decide who should be invited to the World Ganja Festival as a host. We plan to invite guests from China, Japan, and the USA to get their opinion on cannabis. Let’s see how the event will affect Thai society. “
The main theme of the World Ganja Festival will be medical cannabis.
According to Kullavanit, first of all, the festival is a platform for the exchange of knowledge about the medicinal properties of hemp. Therefore, educational seminars and conferences on technological innovations and investment projects will be held during the event. In addition, the World Ganja Festival will be an entertaining event, where music groups will perform, and designers will compete.
The organizers of the World Ganja Festival hope that the event will contribute to the development of the cannabis industry in the country because local officials and business representatives will be able to learn from the experience of colleagues from North America. In particular, we are talking about the rules governing the cultivation of cannabis, methods for using cannabinoids in medicine and the global hemp market.
Thailand wants to take a leading position in the hemp market
Last December, Thailand became the first state in Southeast Asia to legalize medical hemp. The Thai government decided to lift the ban on the use of cannabinoids for medicinal purposes, guided by three main points:
- the plant has healing properties and is an effective method of treating several diseases;
- the creation of a regulated hemp market will bring additional money to the budget;
- the legalization of cannabis will contribute to the development of agriculture.
In August 2019, the Ministry of Health of Thailand received the first batch of hemp oil from the State Pharmaceutical Organization. Officials distributed between hospitals 4,500 bottles of 5 ml of oil each. The medicine will be given to patients suffering from epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy.