Malaysia: Ministry of Health allows medical cannabis

The Malaysian Ministry of Health has recognized the possibility of medical cannabis use in Malaysia.

Existing laws regulating cannabis and its by-products in Malaysia, including the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, the Poisons Act 1952 and the Sale of Drugs Act 1952, do not prohibit the use of cannabis for medical purposes. A product containing cannabis and used for human medicinal purposes can therefore be imported and consumed in Malaysia if it complies with the requirements of the law.

On November 8, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman asked the Ministry of Health to clarify Malaysia’s position on the use of medical cannabis as an alternative that can be offered to patients. Syed Saddiq mentioned that cannabis is used in many foreign countries and recognized by the international medical community.

According to the Malaysian Ministry of Health, products containing cannabis must be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA) as stipulated in the Drug and Cosmetic Control Regulations 1984 under the Sale of Drugs Act.

Importation of the product must be done by importers who are licensed and permitted to import under the Drug and Cosmetic Control Regulations, the Poisons Act and the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Similarly, wholesale trade in cannabis-containing products must be conducted by dealers who are licensed under the same regulations and laws.

The sale or supply at retail of products containing cannabis for the medical treatment of a patient must be conducted by a licensed physician under the Medical Act of 1971.

Licensed pharmacists who hold a Type A license may also sell or supply cannabis products to certain persons on the basis of prescriptions issued by licensed physicians.

“Therefore, if certain parties have sufficient scientific evidence to use cannabis for medical purposes taking into consideration the quality, safety and efficacy aspects, the application for registration of cannabis products for therapeutic purposes can be submitted to the DCA for evaluation and registration under the Medicines and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984 to be marketed in Malaysia,” Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a written reply from Parliament to Syed Saddiq on Nov. 8.

Cannabis: 10 proven or studied therapeutic uses

Many studies have examined the efficacy of therapeutic cannabis and its compounds, including THC. Here are 10 benefits of cannabis often mentioned in the scientific literature; we should note that not all of them have been formally demonstrated in humans.

Cannabis would be useful for glaucoma

Cannabis is believed to reduce intraocular pressure in glaucoma. In a small clinical trial, two hours after the oral administration of cannabis compounds, intraocular pressure decreased.

Cannabis can be useful for depression

The University of Buffalo led a study stating that compounds in cannabis could help stabilize mood and fight depression. But work is needed to confirm these results in humans.

Cannabis is said to have anti-cancer properties

Cannabidiol (CBD) is believed to limit cancer progression by inhibiting the expression of the Id-1 gene in breast cancer cells. After cannabidiol treatment, these cancer cells appeared less aggressive (research published in 2007).

Cannabis is thought to limit the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

A study by the Scripps Research Institute suggested that cannabis reduces the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Indeed, THC, present in cannabis, is believed to inhibit an enzyme creating amyloid plaques in the brain. These amyloid plaques are related to patients’ symptoms and the destruction of neurons.

Cannabis, effective against multiple sclerosis pain?

Cannabis is believed to relieve pain associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Research published in 2012 studied 30 patients who suffered from painful muscle contractions related to MS. While these people did not respond to other treatments, their pain was relieved with cannabis. Cannabis is believed to reduce muscle spasticity in MS.

Cannabis is believed to prevent epileptic seizures

A 2003 study in rats showed that cannabis could prevent epileptic seizures. Cannabis compounds are found to be anti-convulsant.

Cannabis for chronic pain

In January 2017, the United States National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine published a report on the therapeutic uses of marijuana. For the authors, there is substantial evidence of the effectiveness of medical cannabis in treating chronic pain in adults.

Cannabis for Parkinson’s disease tremors

Israeli research has shown that cannabis reduces pain and tremor in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Ruth Djaldetti, from Tel Aviv University, explained in Medpage Today that she recommend marijuana use as a last resort, if nothing else worked for them or if they had pain.

Cannabis against the side effects of chemotherapy

Dronabinol is prescribed to limit the side effects of cancer treatments, namely nausea, and vomiting related to chemotherapy. THC reduces vomiting by binding to cannabinoid CB1 receptors.

Cannabis stimulates appetite

Dronabinol is a drug for the treatment of AIDS-related anorexia. Dronabinol contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabis psychotropic. The molecule binds to a cannabinoid receptor, which increases appetite.

What You Need To Know About Medical Use Of Cannabis

There are a lot of controversies that surrounded this drug right from its inception in the beginning. There is still an outright ban on it in some countries up to this present moment.

The discovery by medical scientists that it can be useful in the treatment of some ailments is the reason why medical cannabis has gained acceptance in some developed countries of the world. The mere mention of cannabis in some quarters up to today invokes the remembrance of Marijuana and with it everything bad.

What Is Cannabis?

It goes by several scientific names. Cannabis sativa called hemp and it belongs to the Cannabinaceae family. It contains a chemical compound THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). This chemical compound is responsible for the psychoactive effects of Cannabis.

How Can It Be Used?

There are various options for the use of cannabis. We shall be considered first, the general uses of it before we take it further on to the medicinal uses.

The Dried Leaves

The dried flowers and leaves of the plant which are also referred to as marijuana can be utilized in various forms. It can be smoked through any preferred means.  Alternatively, some people prefer to take it with food orally that is baked in cookies.

The Resinous Secretions Of The Plant

This section of the plant is also known as hashish. It is either eaten raw or smoked.

The Fibre

The fiber of this plant is produced as industrial hemp which finds its use in the textile manufacturing companies.

Medical Uses

This substance is classified under the category of a schedule 1. Research has resulted in the development and now marketing of the following gotten from marijuana:


It is used in the control of the following medical conditions: nausea and vomiting; used in the treatment of cancer; to stimulate appetite in AIDS patients.

* Cesamet

It is used to control nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapeutic agents

For patients, there are eight medical conditions for which they can be permitted to use cannabis. The list includes all of the following:

  • The Cancer patients.
  • Those diagnosed with Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS patients
  • Those that are suffering from the fit of Muscle spasms
  • People that suffer from Seizures
  • Those that fall into the category of people that suffer Severe pain
  • In cases of severe nausea
  • Cachexia also meaning dramatic weight loss.
  • People affected by muscle atrophy also known as wasting syndrome.

The above medical conditions are the ones medically allowed to take this substance; Anything outside the list above is a contravention of the laws.

Care Tips

Do not drive under the influence of this substance.

Do not drink alcohol alongside this substance.

Do not use during pregnancy or when you are preparing for pregnancy.

Do not use this substance while breastfeeding a baby.


The above should serve as a guide towards the proper use of cannabis.