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Cannabis Use in Nepal

Presented by Dinesh Thapa, RPh

About this module:

In this presentation pharmacist Dr Dinesh Thapa, trained in Canada and now living in his home country of Nepal takes us on a journey exploring how cannabis is grown and used medicinally in Nepal. Dinesh explains about the various regions of Nepal, the regulations around cannabis growing and gives us an insight into wild-grown cannabis. He discussed the different types of cannabis plants grown in Nepal, their features including terpene profiles, the traditional way of drying and storing cannabis and the history and tradition behind cannabis use in the region.

We gain an insight into the ethnopharmacological uses of cannabis in Nepal including its various routes of consumption and use in humans and animals, opening our eyes to some more unusual cannabis products including cannabis pollen and cannabis charcoal and their medicinal uses.

This is a fascinating insight into how cannabis is used in a most amazing part of the planet.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how cannabis is grown, harvested and stored in Nepal.
  • Describe the features of the key types of cannabis plants (cultivars) grown in Nepal.
  • Explain the history of use of cannabis in Nepal and surrounding regions, including its use in religion.
  • Describe the ethnographical uses of cannabis in Nepal in humans as well as in animals.
  • Describe some of the more innovative ‘cannabis products’ in Nepal including cannabis flower pollen and cannabis charcoal and how these are used medicinally. 

Dinesh Thapa, RPh

Dinesh Thapa is a cannabinoid research scientist currently accepted as a PhD student at Curtin University, Australia. He completed his MSc. pharmacology from Dalhousie University and worked as a research associate for 1.5 years at Professor Melanie Kelly’s lab. He investigated antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of different cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids) in ocular pain and inflammation while at Dalhousie university. He also worked for Panag Pharma (a cannabinoids research-based company situated in Nova Scotia, Canada). He then moved back to his home country Nepal to initiate his own research in cannabis and cannabinoids.
He is exploring ethnopharmacological uses of cannabis and studying the role of different cultivars in different diseases and people throughout Nepal. He is also working with different stakeholders and running campaign for legalization of cannabis in Nepal. As a registered pharmacist of Nepal, he is looking forward to collaborating with different health professionals worldwide to promote rational use of cannabinoids medicine for different diseases and illness. He loves to describe himself as a global citizen.
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