Israel wants to start exporting its cannabis around the world

When Asi Naim, a severely autistic Israeli boy, started smacking his head against the wall and hurting himself in other ways, his parents tried every kind of psychiatric drug to calm him. Nothing worked.

“He was so totally out of it,” said his mother, Ricky Naim Blumenfeld. “It was scary.”

Then Asi entered a cannabis-based research program at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek hospital. After a period of trial and error, he started getting a dosage of cannabinoid drops that worked. Four years later, Asi loves music, being at parties, going to the movies and traveling abroad.


Cannabis inhaler could help send Brits suffering with insomnia to sleep in ten minutes

Puffing on a cannabis inhaler could help millions of Brits with insomnia nap off in minutes.

The new hand-held tool squirts a tiny sip of the drug into the lungs.

One smoke of a cannabis inhaler can help insomniacs tumble asleep in as little as 10 minutes

Tests show a singular toke at bedtime can trigger nap in as little as 10 minutes.

Researchers found users nap deeply and arise up rested with no upsetting side-effects.

Medics who invented the inhaler contend it contains adequate of the unlawful drug to have a opiate outcome – but getting users high.

The ICANsleep device – which resembles an asthma puffer – costs around £100.

Research found that users of the ICANsleep device slept deeply but woke up with no upsetting grogginess


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.


US Law firm helping cannabis companies tap into Israel

With legalization for medical use and also in some states recreational use, the cannabis industry has grown precipitously in the United States in recent years. To keep up, a new area of legal practice is growing up to provide services to companies with needs ranging from navigating regulatory hurdles to assisting with finance issues.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Israeli agriculture ministry accepts medical marijuana as farming sector

As proposed legislation to decriminalize recreational marijuana use awaits approval from the attorney-general, the Agriculture Ministry recently announced it is classifying medical-grade-cannabis growing as an official farming sector.

The move thereby entitles between 15 and 20 marijuana farmers to government aid, grants, water quotas and training in crop growing.

The ministry noted that the most recent branch to be classified as a farming sector was a decade ago, when the horse sector was recognized.

Calculations by the ministry show that it costs NIS 1.5 million to set up a 0.1 hectare (a quarter of an acre) cannabis farm, and costs 0.85% of this amount to double the farm’s size to 0.2 hectares, and 0.75% of the amount to increase it to 0.3 hectares.


Why Israel seems more cannabis-forward abroad than at home

Israel is frequently lauded as a cannabis haven. It’s something you see on the streets of Tel Aviv, some corners of which seem like the Middle East’s very own Venice Beach. On Friday afternoons before Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, a drum circle congregates on the north side of the Dolphinarium, a muraled haven born from the ashes of a bombed out discotheque, overlooking the Mediterranean waves. Next, enter Shuk HaCarmel, a chaotic outdoor market of vendors yelling over each other in Hebrew, of psytrance blasting from kiosks, of dreadlocked Israeli hippies beckoning you to sell cheap bling, and if you ask the right way, maybe some cheap bud.


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