Good news for medicinal marijuana consumers: Israeli scientists have successfully developed the first strain of cannabis that doesn’t cause intoxication.
The unique strain was grown in the greenhouse of the medical cannabis company Tikun Olam, and tested by Professor Ruth Galili of the Hebrew University’s department of Immunology. The company has recently begun to offer the drug to patients eligible for medicinal marijuana treatment.
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Noam, 30, of Tel Aviv, survived a car crash at the age of 13, and has been suffering from severe pain since. She discovered medical marijuana nine years ago, after experiencing withdrawal from painkillers.
“Cannabis brought me back to life, but it also made me sluggish and dizzy,” Noam said. “Two months ago I tried the new strain and it was love at first sight.” Noam testifies that the new cannabis has the same effect on her pain, but without blurring her mind.
Many plants produce chemicals to defend themselves from insects and other threats; the cannabis plant produces over 80 such active substances. The most famous is THC, a chemical that was first discovered in the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1964, and is responsible for the anesthetic effect that the drug is identified with.