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Tue
31
Oct

Medical cannabis course in high demand at Israeli college

Within the cannabis industry, it’s well known that Israel is leading the world in medical marijuana research. The tiny country is home to a fully legal medical cannabis program that serves 30,000 patients, while THC itself — the cannabis plant’s main psychoactive compound — was discovered by renowned Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam in the early sixties. Unlike in the United States, where weed remains illegal under federal law (despite state policies), in Israel, the government sanctions growers, scientists, techies, and doctors to collaborate and advance cannabis medicine.

And so, despite that cannabis for recreational purposes remains illegal in Israel, the plant is well-respected within the fields of science, medicine, biotech, agriculture — and even academia.

Mon
30
Oct

Lebanon's illicit cannabis trade goes up in smoke amid Syria war

Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley is notorious for its highly lucrative cannabis industry.

However, in recent years the illicit trade has suffered due to the war in neighbouring Syria. As a result, some are now turning to another crop for better income.

Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Bekaa Valley.

Tue
24
Oct

Can cannabis treat asthma? Jerusalem experts to find out

CIITECH, a UK-Israel cannabis biotech startup that seeks to develop and commercialize therapeutic cannabis products, said it would fund a research project together with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to find ways to use cannabis for the treatment of asthma.

CIITECH said the project would be undertaken by the Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research of the Hebrew University, and would be led by Prof. Raphael Mechoulam, a pioneer in the field of cannabis research, and his colleague, Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer, who specializes in asthma research. The project was selected through a competition, from among a dozen other projects proposed on cannabis research, said CIITECH founder Clifton Flack.

Wed
18
Oct

Israeli medical marijuana goes global

After holding its third innovation conference in Tel Aviv in March, iCAN: Israel-Cannabis — an Israeli marijuana group — is hosting the inaugural CannaTech UK convention on October 26 at London’s Old Truman Brewery.

The Israeli organization’s stated mission is “to identify, invest, accelerate and showcase cannabis innovation for the global cannabis economy.” At the UK gathering, industry professionals and enthusiasts will network and enjoy a series of TED-style lectures; the event will be Britain’s first-ever international conference on innovation in this field.

Mon
16
Oct

Israeli developer of 3D printed marijuana inhaler targets US market

Syqe Medical, a drug delivery company based in Israel, is continuing to enjoy huge success with its 3D printed cannabis inhaler, designed to allow those with chronic pain to inhale a precise dosage. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will trial the device next year.

Mon
16
Oct

Turning weed into wine in Lebanon

A cannabis field near a vineyard on the outskirts of Deir al-Ahmar in the Beakaa Valley, one of the poorest regions in Lebanon.

Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis.

The retired soldier was not alone in this illicit trade: cannabis fields used to stretch as far as the eye could see in this part of Lebanon over which the state has tenuous control.

"Everyone used to grow hashish, that was what the market wanted, there was no alternative crop," Emad, a father of two in his fifties with neatly trimmed hair, said.

Tue
10
Oct

Israel expects to export $1 billion worth of medical cannabis annually

Earlier this year, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture officially classified the growing of medical cannabis as a ‘farming sector’, paving the way for marijuana growers to receive government aid, grants, training and water quotas, just like any other eligible farmer.

The Ministries of Health and Finance also recommended legalizing the export of medical cannabis; with Israeli farmers potentially exporting $1 billion worth  of medical cannabis annually. Currently, companies are only allowed to export medical technology for cannabis, but not the plant itself.

Thu
07
Sep

Medical marijuana helps kids with cerebral palsy, Israeli study finds

Medical marijuana significantly improved the condition of children suffering from cerebral palsy, a study by Wolfson Medical Center near Tel Aviv has found. According to the interim findings, treatment with cannabis oil reduced the disorder’s symptoms and improved the children’s motor skills. It also improved the kids’ sleep quality, bowel movements and general mood.

The study of 40 children, conducted with the medical cannabis company Tikun Olam, began around three years ago. So far 36 children between 1 and 17 have taken part, 20 have completed the test stage and a large majority are continuing treatment with medical marijuana.

Wed
16
Aug

Growing Legalization of Cannabis Use in Many Regions Drives the Global Cannabis Testing Market Scrutinized in New Research

Cannabis Testing Market is driven by government initiatives, growing awareness about drug testing, growing legalization of cannabis use in many regions.

Cannabis testing defines various drug test methods for the usage of cannabis in medical prescription, sports medicine, and law. The rapidly increasing applications of cannabis (marijuana) in mainstream medicine such as pain management is poised to increase demand for cannabis testing measures.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has categorized cannabis under the Schedule 1 classification as “a dangerous narcotic”. However, the great number of research articles on various portals such as PubMed suggest the rapidly growing manufacture and application of cannabis in various medical conditions.

Tue
01
Aug

Company Spotlight: Lexaria Bioscience

The Canadian cannabis industry has made significant strides over the last year and although licensed producers have been in the spotlight, other companies have also benefited from this movement.

One company we have been watching is Lexaria Bioscience (LXRP) which is levered to the North American cannabis industry. Over the last year, Lexaria has announced several developments that have the company well positioned for growth.

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