Czech medical cannabis for local buyers is likely to be more expensive than last year’s price of 100 crowns/gramme, according to public broadcaster Czech Television. Czech producer Elkoplast Slušovice, the sole local company that has tendered to continue supplies, has warned the state agency for the control of drugs of its intention to increase prices. Company bosses told the broadcaster the price should be twice as high. Dutch supplies for the Czech market are currently priced at 300 crowns/gramme. The agency, the SÚKL, will rule in the following week on the price rise.
Chinese investors are planning to build a huge spa complex in South Moravia, the region’s governor Michal Hašek, who is accompanying the Czech PM on his ongoing visit to China, said on Friday. The spa in the town of Pasohlávky is expected to cost about two billion crowns (around 80 million euros) and should create about 500 new jobs. The new complex is to be completed by the end of 2018.
The Chinese company CEFC is to invest ten million euros into a center of traditional Chinese medicine in the Czech Republic, the head of the Hradec Králové Hospital Roman Prymula told the ctk news agency on Tuesday. Mr. Prymula is part of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s entourage on his six-day business mission to China. The centre should be completed within a year and a half and operate on a 30-strong medical staff, including eight doctors from Shanghai. A small clinic of traditional Chinese medicine is already in operation within the Hradec Králové hospital but due to considerable interest it is unable to meet demand.
A clinic specializing in traditional Chinese medicine will open to patients in September within the Hradec Králove Teaching Hospital complex. The clinic will be staffed by Chinese doctors who helped set up the Czech-Chinese Centre for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine at the hospital in June of this year. They are currently studying the effects of traditional Chinese medicine on oncological patients and patients with multiple sclerosis. The centre is a pilot project and the first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.
In the course of the past week the outbreak of methanol poisonings from bootleg liquor has taken a heavy toll: 23 people have died and over 35 remain hospitalized, many of them in critical condition. Several have gone blind. In view of the enormous publicity the methanol crisis has received and the work of local authorities in spreading the message –how is it possible that every day more people are being rushed to hospital in critical condition and why do so many of them come late?
The Czech authorities continue to struggle with an outbreak of fatal alcohol poisoning that’s so far claimed the lives of 18 people, apparently from drinking bootleg spirits tainted with the industrial chemical methanol. The government has banned sales of hard alcohol at outdoor kiosks and mobile stands, and says it’s ready to ban spirits outright if the number of deaths continues to rise.
A new study conducted by Czech researchers on alcohol consumption has suggested that the problem of alcohol abuse could be worsening in the Czech Republic. The study, to be published in the Central European Journal of Public Health, suggested that as much as 30 percent of Czech men are problem drinkers while the number is 9 percent for women, risking health and possible addiction through their drinking habits.
A new study has suggested that some 30 percent of Czech men and nine percent of Czech women are problem drinkers, risking a negative impact on their health. The study also found that almost 4 percent of Czech men are alcoholics who need professional help, while the number is 0.3 percent among women.
There are around 130 casinos in the Czech Republic. Alongside them, there are hundreds more arcades known as herna - gaming - bars. In fact, there are over 50,000 slot machines in the country. That equals roughly one machine per 200 Czechs, over twice the number per capita as in Germany. Adding lotteries and other forms of gambling, Czechs bet a whopping 90 billion crowns last year (over 4 billion USD).
There's nothing like a cold beer at the end of the day to ease those stresses and strains. The small Chodovar brewery in West Bohemia has taken the healing power of beer to the next level - and opened the world's first medicinal beer spa. But does a "beer bath" really have healing properties - or is it just a publicity stunt for the beer industry?