Israeli start-up develops first medical marijuana inhaler

MONTREAL — The day may soon come when those prescribed medical marijuana will not have to roll and smoke a joint to obtain its benefits. 

A palm-sized inhaler has been developed by Israeli entrepreneur Perry Davidson that delivers a metered dose of marijuana’s medicinal components. He says this method is more effective clinically and eliminates the high associated with cigarette inhaling.

Davidson, founder and CEO of the startup Syqe Medical, told participants at a daylong conference April 30 on Israel’s booming high-tech sector, that the device is the first of its kind in the world.

Manufactured by 3D printing, the inhaler is backed by the Israeli government and recently received regulatory approval. In a few weeks, Haifa’s Rambam Hospital will test it. Eventually, a version for home use is to be available.

Some 20,000 Israelis take doctor-prescribed marijuana, or cannabis, for pain relief and other conditions. The country’s has one of...

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