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.

 

Cashless Economy: Vietnam’s Goal for 2020

In recent times, transactions have become cashless. Many countries all over the world are now using plastic cards, or more commonly known as credit/debit cards, as a way of paying for services and commodities. In relation to this, Vietnam is aiming that by 2020, they will be able to have a cashless economy with people using plastic cards (such as those created by CardLogic), digital banking, and digital payment apps.

However, realizing this goal seems to be a little bit far. In the current times, only a little over 30% of the citizens in Vietnam own a bank account. The government, however, is looking for ways to get people to use credit cards or debit cards in their monetary transactions.

The Increase of Bank Users Over the Years

Vietnam is one of the economies that use cash payments in most of their transactions. Many people, especially in the rural areas oftentimes use cash to pay for their necessities. However, the number of people who are using ATM, debit, and credit cards have been slowly increasing as of 2017. The government aims to have more banks and other payment methods implemented in the rural areas. In this way, people will find it more convenient to use cards when paying. Using credit cards, debit cards, and digital banking has its own perks. People will no longer have to worry about being robbed.  Their money is more secured when they are placed into their bank accounts. They can just swipe their cards and the amount deducted from their accounts are exactly the amount that they would be paying for.

Changing the Way People Think About Credit and Payment Cards

Most people think that credit cards are dangerous and are more prone to hacks. But credit cards are not that bad. Most of the time, carrying cash with you is more dangerous than paying with credit cards. Cash can be stolen and you can never get the stolen money back. However, for credit cards, you can stop robbers from using your credit or debit card by reporting and blocking it at your bank.

Plastic bank cards are now equipped with EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) – standard chips. These chips will help ensure the security of your bank account as well as protect you from fraud. Banks were mandated to change old credit, debit, and ATM cards since 2016.  The EMV chips aim to reduce the risk for e-commerce in both the buyers and sellers side.

The period 2014-2015 saw a 13% increase in the use of payment cards. This was driven by new technologies, increased e-commerce transactions, a stronger income of the middle-class, and the lesser presence of banks in the rural areas.

Digital Banking

Aside from plastic cards, the Vietnamese government aims to use digital banking as one of the payment methods in the country. With the help of smartphones and the internet, people can now have access to their accounts online. They can send money, pay bills and shop without using cash or cards.

The government has tapped several payment service providers to make digital banking much easier for the Vietnamese. They have set several incentives such as bonus interest rates for account deposits as well as discounts on bills payment. Banks have also created mobile applications to make it easier for their bank account holders.

A cashless economy may still seem a little far-fetched for Vietnam. However, with the help of the government and the financial sectors, people from rural areas, as well as the younger generation, will be able to experience the convenience and security of a cashless economy.

Different Languages, Different Learning Struggles

Vietnam has already proven its place in the world of tourism. The country boasts plenty of tourist spot destinations which remain preserved and serene. Vietnam is also one of the four remaining countries that adapt the communist rule. It also shows great economic performance and potential among South East Asian Nations.

Traveling to this magnificent country sounds interesting but one usual concern that travelers might have will be the language. The main language in Vietnam is Vietnamese or “Tiếng Việt”.

Learning Vietnamese can be handy if you want to travel and experience Vietnam. There are Vietnamese language schools in different countries with strong Vietnamese ties like USA, France, Canada, Laos, Cambodia, etc. You might find learning Tiếng Việt or Vietnamese quite enjoyable because of the following:

Vietnamese is part of the Mon-Khmer branch from the Austroasiatic language family. Its language is part of the South East Asian language groups used by Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. Majority of its lexicon used in Science and Politics came from China mainly because of the 1000 years Chinese rule upon Vietnam.

Phonology

Like other South East Asian languages, Vietnamese consists large number of vowels. It has varying sounds and varying spelling for each vowel. Front and Central vowels are unrounded while back vowels are rounded. There are also diphthongs which are combination of monophthongs or single vowels.

The phonological features of Vietnamese is quite opposite with the German language. To learn German, in terms of vowels, just consists of short and long vowels. Depending on the word, their vowels can be stressed or unstressed. While Arabic only has 6 phonemes which are pairs of short and long vowels.

Though Vietnamese language has numerous accents (diacritics) and varying pronunciations for each letter, this could be the only crucial part in learning Vietnamese. Other aspects of language are quite easy to comprehend.

Alphabet

Vietnamese uses the Romanized alphabet. They do not use special characters like that of Japan, Cambodia, or South Korea. You can easily read words or signage if ever you are in Vietnam. Just remember to know the diacritics to properly pronounce them when talking to locals.

German language also uses Romanized alphabet with different accents or diacritics. While attempting to learn Arabic, you need to study its characters since they do not follow the Romanized alphabet.

Grammar

Vietnamese language has a simple system of words and Grammar. First, they do not have articles like “a” and “the”. They also do not have determiners for the gender of nouns.

German has specific articles for each gender of nouns. Der is for masculine nouns, Die  is for feminine nouns, and Das  for neuter nouns. Each article also follows several rules and guidelines depending on the context.

Arabic also uses articles which are joint at the end of the word, depicted by the sound ”-al”

Vietnamese Verbs and Tenses could also be learned in no time. Unlike other languages, its verbs has no plural plus the verbs do not change form or in other words, they are not inflected. They also have simple indicators regarding the tenses of language. They use đã to indicate the past, đang to signify the present, and sắp or sẽ to indicate the future.

While in both German and Arabic language, verbs change form depending on the tense expressed. There are several verb endings that correspond to the number and tense of each verb.

The Bottom Line

Learning Vietnamese language is not as hard as you think. Like any other languages, it might be overwhelming at the beginning. But soon, you will find your way to learning and mastering your second, third, or fourth language!