Reports on Medical Marijuana Aired on Vietnam

The cultivation and use of marijuana, popularly known as Cannabis remain illegal in most countries including Vietnam. This plant is said to cause adverse effects on the mental health and emotions of the user. Nevertheless, some people still argue for medical cannabis and related products, including it cannabidiol. Here are some facts you should know about TV reports medical Marijuana in Vietnam:

First Report

This report was aired at 11.30 am. The report stated that “Medical Cannabis Vietnam” is a Facebook page that blatantly markets and sells this illegal substance. This claim emanated from an interview with a man whose son had been taken to Accident and Emergency Room (A & E) due to brain damage that resulted from the use of drugs, such as CBD Oil.

It is alleged that the man’s son had taken cannabis. This programme was followed by another interview with Mr. Pham Van Tru, the Vice President of Ho Chi Minh National Psychiatrist Hospital. According to Mr. Tru, there exists no sufficient evidence that cannabis cures cancer and is good for expectant mothers. He emphasized that prolonged use of Cannabis sativa alters the intellectual functioning of the brain. He concluded by emphasizing that Medical Cannabis is just a name used by the Facebook page to cover up illegal drug dealing.

Second report

This report was aired at 6.30 pm on the same day. In this report, the representatives of the drug administration in Vietnam state that morphine is the only substance produced from cannabis that is strictly allowed to be used in hospitals.

Additionally, Major Mai Van Linh, the deputy head of Ho Chi Minh City’s Police Office, stated that he had worked with medical officers and came to the conclusion that there is no scientific proof that marijuana can be used as a medicine. He concluded by emphasizing that any shape or form of this substance, including cannabidiol (CBD), is illegal under Vietnam’s law.

Thoughts from The Reports

From the initial report, we can see that despite VTV lacking sufficient evidence about medical cannabis, they still make invalid claims on national television. It is therefore incorrect to state that CBD oil (also called Rick Simpson Oil) has been verified by thousands of patients to help cure cancer. Furthermore, it is also wrong to state that morphine is obtained from opium and morphine from cannabis.

On a different note, a research done by Vietnam’s Bach Mai Hospital has proven that oil extracted from cannabis can help cure various types of cancer. Additionally, the success rate is reported to be very high, while zero negative side-effects have been recorded. These facts have been confirmed by new reports and daily studies and publications on RSO. For more information, you may refer to this article on CBD Oils.

There is much debate on the efficacy of cannabidiol in the treatment of a lot of ailments and conditions. Although its use has been legalized to a certain extent in some countries, it is up to a specific country to allow its citizens to use this product.  What can be done is for relevant agencies to conduct thorough medical and scientific research and clinical tests to establish its usefulness. Once this has been done, the results will serve as a valid basis into making it legal, especially for medical reasons.