Israel

Tue
07
Jul

Israeli researchers provide evidence microdosing cannabis relieves pain

Israeli pharma-tech company Syqe Medical recently conducted a clinical trial in which they found evidence that inhaling "extremely low and precise doses" of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the principal psychoactive component in cannabis products - can be used as an effective pain reliever while avoiding the "common [psychoactive] side effects" normally associated with cannabis use.

The research team published their findings in the European Journal of Pain, providing the scientific community with the first research-based evidence that microdosing - "the process of using extremely low doses of active drug compounds to treat various conditions" - can actually be applied to medical cannabis solutions.

Mon
22
Jun

Israel: Cannabis legalization bill clears first hurdle

A bill to legalize cannabis use was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, passing its first hurdle on the way to becoming law.

The legislation will decriminalize the possession of up to 50 grams of marijuana while fully legalizing the possession and consumption of up to 15 grams by individuals above the age of 21.

If the bill becomes law, selling and purchasing marijuana for personal use will be legal for those above 21 and authorized shops will be allowed to sell cannabis product, through growing marijuana at home will still be illegal. The legislation also outlined medical cannabis reform.

Mon
15
Jun

Israel Cannabis Bill delayed by a week

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation postponed for a week a bill that would decriminalize cannabis, due in part to a dispute between Likud and Blue and White.

The bill was initiated by Likud MK Sharren Haskel, who was appointed to work on cannabis legislation jointly with Blue and White MK Ram Shefa. But Haskel still hoped to advance the bill that she submitted before the partnership.

Wed
10
Jun

This doctor’s insight on treating the pandemic with cannabis

One medical research team in Israel believes they have a small piece to the coronavirus puzzle. In an exclusive interview with The Fresh Toast, Dr. Igal Louria-Hayon, head of the Medical Cannabis Research and Innovation Center at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, says the healing properties in cannabis may be able to help the body fight against COVID-19.

Wed
10
Jun

Israel: Government announces plan to advance cannabis legalization reforms

The two biggest parties making up the new government on Tuesday said they would push for increased legalization of cannabis use, a week after the police minister backed easing enforcement of existing laws.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White said in a joint statement that they would advance legislation “to resolve the issue of decriminalization and legalization,” apparently referring to recreational cannabis use.

The matter will be done “via a responsible model that will be suited to the State of Israel and the Israeli population,” the statement said, without elaborating.

Fri
29
May

Cannabis was used for religious rites at a biblical site in Israel, study finds

If there were any more fun facts to learn about cannabis, its ritualistic use at a biblical site in Israel can now be added to the list.

Thu
28
May

Will Israel fully legalize use of cannabis?

Thu
14
May

Israel approves medical cannabis exports

Israel gave approval on Wednesday for exports of medical cannabis, paving the way for sales abroad that the government expects to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

“This is a significant step for exporters and the Israeli industry, which will enable both expansion of export opportunities as well as rising employment … in the field,” said Economy Minister Eli Cohen.

Cohen gave final approval for the exports more than a year after the cabinet backed a new law to permit them. Cohen’s order takes effect in 30 days, allowing exporters to apply for a licence from the Health Ministry.

Wed
13
May

Can Marijuana Terpenes Treat COVID-19? These Scientists Believe So

Israeli researchers will utilize antiviral agents found in cannabis terpenes to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

When you smell marijuana, what you’re actually smelling is terpenes. These organic compounds create aroma in all plants, and each cannabis strain contains its own set of terpenes. This is why your stashes of marijuana smell different, even if they share the same general perfume. Similar to cannabinoids like THC and CBD, terpenes bond with your endocannabinoids and deliver therapeutic effects to your system.

Thu
07
May

With Exports Delayed, the Promise of Israel’s Cannabis Industry Goes Up in Smoke

Last week, the last of Israel’s public medical cannabis companies published its financial report for 2019. A glance at the numbers presented by all 11 companies reveals a rather glum picture.

Five of these companies, all with activity mainly or exclusively dedicated to medical cannabis, finished the year with zero income, millions of shekels in losses, a high cash burning rate, exceeding for some of them the available cash in their coffers.

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