Israeli scientists have successfully developed the first strain of cannabis that doesn’t cause intoxication. The new treatment has recently been offered to patients eligible for medicinal marijuana treatment in Israel after undergoing scientific testing in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
An Israeli company which specializes in growing medicinal Marijuana called Tikun Olam created a type of medical cannabis which has an extremely low amounts of TSH (or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the most famous active ingredient of cannabis. Instead they have created a plant with much higher CBD (or cannabidiol) another active ingredient of cannabis.
TSH was actually discovered in Israel by Processor Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni in 1964 (see an interview with Professor Mechoulam). Since then a lot of research around the world concentrated on TSH. Although THC suppresses infections and reduces pain It can also lead to increased activity of the brain, causing a general numbness of the senses. CBD on the other hand lacks this effect.
According to "project CBD" (a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical utility of cannabidiol): CBD could be effective in easing symptoms of a wide range of difficult-to-control conditions, including: rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, PTSD, epilepsy, antibiotic-resistant infections and neurological disorders. CBD has also demonstrated neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer potential.
Tikun Olam, is a non-profit organization whose founder prefers to remain anonymous. Tikun Olam actually received no payments for its medical products until recently but is now officially recognized by the Israeli Health Ministry and so it began charging patients a small fee to cover the its expanses.
- A video showing Tikun Olam’s facilities for growing medicinal grade cannabis
Te new material developed by Tikun Olam in cooperation with Professor Ruth Galili of the Hebrew University’s department of Immunology, looks, tastes and smells just like regular Medicinal Marijuana but it lacks some of the TSH negative effects. A 30 year old student who underwent a car crash at age 13 and suffers from excruciating pain had a hard time using conventional medicinal marijuana because of dizziness and nausea. After using the new stain she said none of this appeared.
Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.