The Do's and Don'ts of Kosher Marijuana

If you really need it, and nothing else is available, medical marijuana probably does not need kashrut certification, confirms Rabbi Moshe Elefant, chief operating officer of the Orthodox Union's Kashruth Department.

This January, the OU gained the distinction of becoming the first kashruth organization to certify medical marijuana, produced by the company Vireo Health, causing some eyebrows to rise, on a number of grounds.

One is that medicine shouldn't require kashrut certification, should it? Asking this question led to a moment of pilpul-lite on the definition of "medicine."


Israel’s first Canna Tech event draws a crowd

A standing-room-only crowd of venture capitalists and angels, agricultural technology investors and innovators, medical doctors, medical cannabis researchers and licensed growers came to Jaffa last week for Israel’s firstCanna Tech conference.


Israel: Knesset debates marijuana users driving

Currently, medical marijuana users are prohibited from driving at all and in some cases have had their licenses revoked.

Knesset Members debated on Tuesday whether to amend a law so as to permit those using cannabis for medical reasons to keep their drivers licenses.

Currently, medical marijuana users are prohibited from driving at all and in some cases have had their licenses revoked.

At the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse chaired by Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg who has publicly admitted to occasionally smoking marijuana. gave its backing to the opinion of the Health Ministry’s Medical Institute for Road Safety last month that medical marijuana use is similar to other types of prescription medication.


Israel: Health Minister intends to distribute cannabis only to deserving

In a Ger-Hasidic convention, MK LIitzman discussed his cannabis reform, child allowance fund.

Health Minister MK Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) attended a Ger-Hasidic convention in Jerusalem on Sunday where he discussed his Cannabis Reform and clarified he does not intend to distribute marijuana to everyone who requests.

"I was given 40 kinds of herbs, to familiarize with them," said the Health Minister. "I am being pressured to allow cultivation of cannabis, but it will not happen. They say I am a liberal, but just the opposite - I am only worried about supplying to those who truly need it and make it easier for them to acquire."


THC Tests Positive as Alzheimer’s Treatment in Israeli Study

As of 2015, it was estimated that more than 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. 5.1 million of those diagnosed, are age 64 and older, while more than approximately 200,000 individuals are diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and barring any medical developments or breakthroughs, that number is estimated to rise to more than 13.8 million people by 2050.

CBD Oil “Highly Promising” In Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment

The administration of cannabis oil extracts high in cannabidiol reduces seizure frequency in children with intractable epilepsy, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Seizure.

Israeli researchers retrospectively evaluated the effects of CBD oil in a multicenter cohort of 74 patients with intractable epilepsy. Participants in the trial were resistant to conventional epilepsy treatment and were treated with CBD extracts for a period of at least three months. Extracts in the study were provided by a pair of Israeli-licensed growers and were standardized to possess a CBD to THC ratio of 20 to 1.


International medical marijuana research center announced

Members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), KOPAC and Dioscorides Global Holdings (DGH) were joined by the Minister of Health for the Czech Republic recently to announce the establishment of a new research center, the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI) – intended to foster evidence-based exploration with a modern scientific approach to refine the therapeutic applicability of cannabis-based medicines in the Czech Republic. ICCI will identify, coordinate and support global research priorities for the advancement of cannabis and cannabinoid treatments through a multidisciplinary evidence based approach that incorporates innovative tools and approaches.


Cannabis Research in Israel: Meeting with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Dr. Raphael Mechoulam last month at his Hebrew University office just outside of Jerusalem, Israel. For those who may not have heard of him, Dr. Mechoulam is essentially the god father of the endocannabinoid system. He is best known for his work in isolating and totally synthesizing delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Dr. Mechoulam is one of the leading recognized scientists in our field.


Israel: Likud MK's bill urges cannabis decriminalization

MK Sharren Haskel says more than a million Israelis occasionally use cannabis and that decriminalization for personal use over the age of 21 will free up funds to be reallocated for education and public information campaigns.

Attempts to move towards decriminalization of cannabis use in Israel have typically come from left-wing parties in the opposition. But recently, MK Sharren Haskel (Likud) put forward a bill calling to amend the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and decriminalize personal use of cannabis.


Israeli startup puts cannabis flavored edibles on the market

More than a year ago, I wrote about one of Israel's top medical innovations: the 3D printed medical marijuana inhaler. And now, one of the nation’s leading startups is bringing in another force of action to further legitimize the cannabis industry.

While it’s no surprise that cannabis has always been a topic surrounded by much controversy, one Israeli startup, Eybna Technologies Ltd., is helping to change the way the world perceives use of the drug.

Say hello to cannabis flavored and scented products, without the high!


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