Department of Medical Services issues warning about excessive weed consumption

Department of Medical Services issues warning about excessive weed consumption

New test kit promises rapid THC count

A specialist explains how to use the “Test Kann” kit to check levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. About 15,000 of the kits developed by the Department of Medical Sciences will be distributed to relevant agencies. Pornprom Satrabhaya

The Department of Medical Services reports that nine people have sought medical treatment for excessive cannabis use at three Bangkok hospitals under its jurisdiction since the decriminalization of marijuana on June 9.

The medical facilities are Nopparatrajathanee Hospital, Lerdsin Hospital and Rajavithi Hospital.

The cases were associated with both overconsumption of foods containing marijuana and recreational use of cannabis, said Dr. Manas Phothaporn, deputy chief executive of the department.

Their symptoms were divided into three groups regarding where in their body the impact of excessive cannabis use took place, namely the blood vessels and the heart, the neurological system and the digestive system, he said. he declares.

The impact of too much cannabis on blood vessels and the heart included an unusually rapid heartbeat and volatile pulse, while the most common symptom in the neurological system was dizziness, he said. .

Symptoms of too much cannabis in the digestive system found in some of those nine patients included vomiting, he said.

“Cannabis abuse is partly due to cooks adding marijuana to foods in the hope of enhancing flavor when consumers were unaware they were eating foods containing cannabis” , did he declare.

Meanwhile, the Department of Medical Sciences on Wednesday announced its success in developing a rapid test kit for cannabis extract.

The kit named “Test Kann” will show if the cannabis oil contains an amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, greater than 2 milligrams per milliliter (0.2%). An amount of THC greater than 0.2% is still considered a Category 5 substance regulated by narcotics control and suppression laws.

Speaking at the press conference, the head of the department, Dr. Supakit Siirak, said the department took less than three weeks to develop the “Test Kann” kit. The kit can provide a result in 15 minutes.

He said the rapid test was developed using immunochromatography, a method more often used to detect disease by spotting the sample containing an analyte on a dipstick. But in this case, the test kit will detect THC levels.

It works like a Covid-19 antigen test kit, he said. If a result on the kit shows a line over the letter C, it means it is greater than 0.2%.

If the result shows two lines on the letter C and T, it means that the THC level is not higher than 0.2%.

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