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Thailand calls for marijuana to be added to UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage

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Thailand is creating a database of cannabis varieties growing in the kingdom in order to include the plants in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage

The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine will propose that the Ministry of Culture register local cannabis varieties as Thailand’s national heritage, the Bangkok Post reported.

The department has collected more than 30 different local cannabis samples and recorded the DNA of each to create a database of marijuana varieties growing in Thailand, said Deputy Director-General Dr Kwanchai Visiththanon.

The data collected will be used by the department to propose to the Ministry of Culture that local cannabis varieties be recognized as a national heritage site. There are also plans to use the information for state registration of geographical indications for Thai marijuana varieties.

The process is expected to be completed by March. The department plans to ask the Ministry of Culture to submit local cannabis varieties to UNESCO, the agency of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to add Thai marijuana varieties to the organization’s list of intangible cultural heritage.

Thai traditional medicine has been using cannabis to treat patients for more than 300 years. The plant has been used to treat a range of ailments, including improving food digestion, ensuring good sleep, relieving pain and anxiety, as well as treating epilepsy and more, Dr Kwanchai added.

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