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Medical Cannabis: Sustainable Operating Model for Thailand

Hemp, scientifically known as cannabis sativa, is a botanical class of plants cultivated for industrial and medicinal use. Unlike its close relative marijuana, hemp contains lower levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which has psychoactive properties; hemp contains higher levels of Cannabidiol (CBD). There are varieties of medical-based products that can be made from hemp such as medicine, cosmetics, health supplements, food and beverage, as well as industrial products such as textiles, construction materials, bioplastics, paper and packaging, and biofuel and energy.

At present, hemp has been legalized since 2019 however the laws and regulations are still in a state of uncertainty. With its encompassing benefits to health, the environment, and commercial use, hemp can help stimulate our economy as well as the quality of life.

About the speaker

Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn is a very distinguished academic, writer, and administrator. He has been the Leader of the Natural History Section and Vice President of The Siam Society. He has an outstanding career with the Royal Forest Department and with the Botanical Garden Organization, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Dr. Weerachai is an Executive Board Member of HM King Rama IX Botanical Garden Foundation and of HM Queen Sirikit Park Foundation. He is also the Supervisor on Botany and Environment for the Crown Property Bureau. He has published 14 books and around 80 articles on botany and related fields and is internationally recognized as the leading expert on Thai plants. He is currently the Honorary Chairman of the Thai Hemp Industry Trade Association.

Mr. Pornchai Padmindra was a senior banker with 27 years of experience in capital markets, investment banking, corporate banking & institutions where he covered all the major industries, and spearheaded growth and expansion for multitudes of Thai corporates within ASEAN. His transition into the cannabis industry stemmed from personal health experiences which was how Dr.CBD evolved, the first fully-integrated medical-grade cannabis and kratom-based nutraceutical and healthcare company in Thailand. In cooperation with hospitals, universities, and some of the brightest minds in medicine and science, the company initiated research before development, incorporating both Thai traditional medicine with western medicine at medical-grade standards. The expansion of the Dr.CBD umbrella also covers Dr.Kratom Bio, Dr.Pet CBD, and three CBD clinics, Vital Medi on Thonglor; Dr.CBD at Navavej Hospital, and Dr.CBD in Huahin. Dr.CBD has, to date, coveted 9 awards from the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DTAM), a testament to years of hard work. Pornchai is also the President of TITHA (Thai Industrial Hemp Trade Association) where he is actively promoting the Hemp industry for medical and industrial use.


Thursday, 28 September 2023 at 19:00


Lecture Room, 4/Floor, The Siam Society


Members and Students (to undergraduate level) — Free of charge
Non-Members — THB 200

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