Patients follow pain, hope to Thailand’s – and Asia’s – 1st marijuana clinic

Top: Chin Donmon, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok

It was 2 o’clock in the morning when Philippe Gobert hopped on his scooter. He left his place in the capital’s Pinklao area and rode northeast over 150 kilometers to the lesser-known province of Prachinburi.

There, the French national; clad in a white robe beneath a faded red hoodie, Buddha amulet and visible sak yant chest tattoos; arrived by 6am to join dozens of people hopefully waiting for the chance to return home with cannabis medication from the first clinic to make it available in all of Asia.

“Wat Pho’s massage, yoga, meditation, cannabis. I’ve tried them all,” Gobert said, adding that he possesses a French medical certificate for medical cannabis use.

Philippe Gobert poses with a medical marijuana patient guide and a bottle of sublingual cannabis oil. Photo: Coconuts Bangkok
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