Here at The Beach Samui, in the most beautiful surroundings, you may choose to experience wellness and relaxation enhanced by the healing powers of herbal medicine. Our philosophy is centred around functional well-being, sharing natural ways to feel well, every day in all we do.
Our Founders, Team and guests the world over lead busy lives and we need natural products that are kind to our bodies and our environment, that taste great and importantly, that work. Trusted, pure plant medicines, administered under the guidance of fully trained Herbal Pharmacists, can aid healing and supercharge our lifestyles. Products that can enhance our well-being Rituals, allow us to guide and educate you as to their daily use beyond your Thailand holiday. Our collection of products at The Herbalist are well-curated and ever-evolving to provide something for the canna-curious to the canna-connoisseur.
At The Beach Samui, we partner with the best of the best across the globe to provide you, our guest, the most comprehensive and personalized wellness experiences. We provide clinical protocols and holistic education with oversight from healthcare professionals with expertise working with complementary and alternative modalities of health and healing - like cannabis, nutrition, movement, essential oils, and other herbal remedies. Whether you have tried CBD or cannabis before or not, our Thai Herbal Pharmacists are on hand to provide you in-person consultations so you can find out what you need to know to have a relaxing, rejuvenating time with us on the island of Koh Samui.
Paired with the opportunity to engage with our Herbal Pharmacists on-site, you can begin your journey even before you arrive through our strategic partner, Elēment Apothēc’s educational curriculum - Elēment Apothēc is an international award-winning CBD wellness brand dedicated to clean efficacious products and evidence-based education. Their medical team has launched the first-ever self-paced online course created specifically for people like you, curious about the power of herbal medicine and dedicated to leading the best lives for you and those around you. The course will be launching late 2022 and we look forward to sharing with you once live.
Khun Sunisa is a Registered Herbal Pharmacist, with a Bachelor's Degree in Thai Medicine, specialising in Herbal Medicine from the Chiang Rai Rajabhat University. Born and raised in Bangkok, Khun Sunisa is also a skilled Masseuse, able to formulate and utilise a variety of herbs into her practice to aid many common ailments and concerns for our guests and visitors.
Khun Nursila also trained in Thai Herbal Medicine at the Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree. Her passion lies in her ability to work with patients and guests to understand their concerns and provide great comfort through the correct application of natural medicine.
Dr. Swathi is an award-winning pharmacist specializing in integrative health and botanical medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Carleton College. She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Elēémeént Apothēéc, Dr. Swathi is passionate about educating practitioners, students, patients, and consumers, and strives to empower everyone to challenge the formalities of Western medicine, thinking beyond the conventional. Through the many modalities of integrative medicine and patient-centered shared decision-making, she believes that health and wellness is achievable for everyone. We are delighted to work alongside Dr. Swathi to lead our Education & Training and to extend her compassionate and extensive knowledge to guests beyond their Thailand holiday through online courses, events and in-person retreats.
CAN I BUY MEDICAL CANNABIS AT THE BEACH SAMUI?
Yes, following a consultation with one of our Herbal Pharmacists, you will be able to purchase premium cannabis flower, choosing from a variety of strains, depending on your needs and limitations.
WHAT ELSE CAN I BUY?
We also stock a small, curated selection of Thai products we find work well, from gourmet edibles, to creams and oils, containing both CBD (non-psychoactive) and THV (psychoactive). We also proudly stock a range of Tinctures and Bodycare products from our Partners Elémént Apothéc, including their award-winning 'Nourish' CBD + CBG body lotion and their 'Rest, Relax & Recover', 'Cool, Calm & Collected' and 'Be Well' tinctures, used also within our Rituals.
WHAT IS THC?
Both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are known as phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They are two of the most abundant cannabinoids produced by the plant and exert their effects via the endocannabinoid system of the body by way of interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors, as well as other receptors, proteins, and chemicals.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a compound derived predominantly from the marijuana plant, known for its high concentrations of THC; this is the infamous compound associated with the euphoric feelings or “high” you can feel upon ingesting, vaping, or smoking cannabis. The feeling of being “high” is no longer referred to as psychoactive, but rather intoxicating, akin to overconsumption of alcohol.
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over a hundred active compounds found in the hemp plant. Considered a cannabinoid, CBD has numerous therapeutic benefits and works naturally with your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) to bring homeostasis – or balance – to your mind and body. CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is found in both hemp and marijuana plants, with higher quantities in hemp. CBD is a major cannabinoid that has been investigated for its anti-inflammatory properties associated with promoting calmness, encouraging restful sleep, and easing overall discomfort.
WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is possibly the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors (CB1 & CB2) are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.
CB1 Receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system, and to a lesser extent, other tissues.
CB2 Receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs, especially cells that are associated with the immune system.
HOW DO I CONSUME CANNABIS FLOWER?
Our team will guide you as to how best to consume your prescribed flower. You may also prefer to take a tincture, or edible to receive your recommended dose.
HOW DO I CONSUME CBD? psychoactive
CBD comes in many different formulations. It can be bought to be consumed as flower, vape pen, a tincture (also known as oils), topical (lotion or balm), edible (like chocolate), and even suppositories. This gives customers a lot of options to obtain the benefits of CBD, in ways that fit their lifestyle. Tinctures and oils can be mixed into drinks like tea or foods, or they can be placed directly under the tongue for immediate exposure. This type of ingestion starts working within 15-30 minutes, while consuming foods and edibles take up to two hours because it must get digested first before it can enter the system. Topicals and suppositories are used for more localized relief such as cream for muscle pain, suppositories for local tissue damage, or face serums for fine lines and glowing skin. Products that do not contain THC should not make the user feel “high” as this is the compound associated with providing these intoxicating (previously but no longer referred to as psychoactive) or euphoric feelings.
AM I ABLE TO CONSUME WITHIN THE HOTEL?
For the comfort of all, guests may smoke in the consumption areas or on their private terraces. Consumption via edibles and topical methods is welcome and used within a number of our Rituals.
WHAT INFUSED RITUALS CAN I EXPERIENCE AT THE BEACH SAMUI?
Under the guidance of our Pharmacists and Practitioners, you can experience a number of Rituals with herbal infusions, from Yoga Nidra and Breathwork, Massage, Herbal Baths to Sound Healing, Creative Writing and Expressive Arts.
AND INFUSED FOOD?
Our Chef specialises in Thai homecooking and proudly boasts a number of infused dishes, handed down through family generations. Our Cooking Class allows guests to explore Thai cooking in detail and understand how Cannabis can be infused into a variety of dishes. Daily infused canapes and gourmet edibles are also part of our fayre at The Beach Samui.
WE ARE STAYING WITH OUR CHILDREN. CAN WE CONSUME?
Strictly children are to be safeguarded from any plant medicine and parents who are prescribed any Cannabis products during their stay may only consume in common areas, away from the children. Family suites will not be served Cannabis products for consumption in-suite, however, we do provide a Nanny service for Parents to consume in gentle moderation on an evening during their stay.
WHO ARE ELÉMÉNT APOTHÉC?
Elémént Apothéc are a US based purpose-driven global wellness brand focused on positively impacting quality of life through functional cannabinoid products and wellness education; all while doing good for people & our planet. Co-Founder Dr Swathi Varanasi and her team are passionate about formulating innovative and functionally specific products with unparalleled standards of safety & quality and are proud to be able to share their products for the first time in Thailand with us. We are thrilled to welcome Dr Swathi and the Elémént Apothéc team to lead our Education both for our team and guests worldwide.
CANNABIS IN THAILAND
The Practice of healing with plants is a culture that goes back thousands of years and in June 2022, Thailand fully embraced the benefits of Cannabis and returned the plant to its historical status in the Kingdom as an essential element of natural well-being.
Pre Prohibition, Cannabis was traditionally popular across Thailand, in cooking or as a medicinal herb, to treat ailments including headaches, asthma, digestion, and postpartum pain, it also provided a good source of fiber, and holistic medicine for the elderly.
Today medical Cannabis use is championed in over 40 countries worldwide and demand for medical cannabis is expected to continue rising to treat symptoms of various health conditions, including forms of epilepsy, chronic pain, stress, sleep disorders, cancers and multiple sclerosis. During the pandemic, many people turned to cannabis or CBD products to reduce stress, anxiety or sleep problems.
According to the United Nations, 158.8 million people around the world use Cannabis to relieve the symptoms of sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, muscle and joint problems and lowering blood pressure to chronic pain and neurological disorders from diabetes, spinal cord injury, HIV, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, Huntingtons, Peripheral Neuropathy and PTSD.
While Thailand has become the first Asian country to decriminalise cannabis, 37 of the US states are now part of this legalisation, also all of Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal and Jamaica allow cannabis consumption and we are starting to create a ripple effect.
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