Israel

Fri
30
Oct

Could Israel Lead the Way in Cannabis Startups?

According to a recent story on TechCrunch.com, Israel’s recent work to decriminalize marijuana could result in the nation becoming a worldwide cannabis superpower.

Israel has lately built a reputation for fostering innovative tech startups, as well as its advancements in agriculture and security. However, a recent push to decriminalize marijuana and to turn the drug into a medical export is making news.

As it stands now, Israel is already a trailblazer when it comes to clinical research on cannabis. This has allowed growers in Israel to grow new strains of the drug, and some believe there are now medical-grade products ready for the market.

Tue
27
Oct

Israel's revolution - cannabis not politics

Israel has been a world leader in medical cannabis research for over 40 years, in large part thanks to the extraordinary research of professor Raphael Mechoulamover decades at the Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University.

Mon
26
Oct

Netherlands and Israel, a Marriage of Cannabis

Reporting from a 5 day fact finding mission in the Netherlands exploring the medical cannabis program and the players in the industry, together with Saul Kaye, our CEO and Jason Ryker, our CFO/COO.

Since we announced our partnership with Israel’s Cannabis Medical Unit and our subsequent postponement of the CannaTech Summit until March, we find ourselves with the time opportunity to investigate interesting markets and build new international relationships.

Mon
26
Oct

The Father of Cannabis: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

Were it not for one man’s efforts, the current cannabis landscape would look more like moonscape. There would be no conversations/blogs on cannabis as a curative medicine, there would be very little known pharmacology; certainly there would be much less clinical information regarding the world’s most captivating herb. That man is Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, professor of medicinal chemistry and Natural Products at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. He is aptly referred to as the “Father of Cannabis Research.”

Sat
24
Oct

High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!

Any way you look at it, dagga is medicine. Even if you smoke it just to get “high”, the South African weed won’t just alter your consciousness.

It has a host of other powerful pharmacologic effects on body and mind, which make it medicine by definition.

Depending on which side of the legalisation or criminalisation fence you sit on, you’ll see those effects in a good or bad light.

“The dagga couple”, as the media have dubbed activists Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clark, sit on the side of the fence bathed in the glow of a good light. They are part of an influential legalisation campaign in South Africa that has spread faster than the weed grows, and now includes medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and other interested parties.

Tue
20
Oct

Israel can ride Colorado's wave of pot revenue, says governor

On a visit to strengthen economic ties, Hickenlooper goes out of his way to express solidarity for Israelis during terror wave.

Israel could be a key partner in the recreational marijuana revolution Colorado is leading and benefit from the huge revenues the industry is bringing in, said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who headed a visiting business delegation from his state over the past week.

“We are reaching out. You guys have some of the top resources in the world on some of these effects, and we have resource money now, so we are looking for partners,” Hickenlooper told The Jerusalem Post in Tel Aviv on Monday night, at the tail end of the delegation’s visit.

Sun
11
Oct

The Doctor Synonymous with THC Research Forges Onward

Zach Klein, the documentarian behind the film “The Scientist,” is a multifaceted individual. Klein was working in Israeli TV, specifically Israeli Sesame Street, while also pursuing a degree in environmental studies when his mother received a dire diagnosis. It was this diagnosis that lead him to examine medical cannabis, eventually establishing both a friendship and working relationship with the Israeli biochemist who, among other achievements, discovered THC in 1964.

Mon
05
Oct

Health scan: Israeli physicians slowly warming to medical marijuana

According to a questionnaire results, physicians recommend medical cannabis to some of the patients who asked for a prescription but not to all.

sraeli physicians seem to be more knowledgeable about medical marijuana than before and more willing to consider its use by selected patients, according to a new pilot study in the Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ).

Wed
30
Sep

Israel Has Potential to Become Global Cannabis Superpower

At first glance, Israel may not seem to be a country with the most potential in cultivating a powerful cannabis industry. With strict religious laws and guidelines that govern the country, it would be easy to believe that marijuana is the last thing on the Israeli government’s’ minds.

Mon
28
Sep

THC: Newly risen from yeast

In August, researchers announced they had genetically engineered yeast to produce the powerful painkiller hydrocodone. Now comes the perhaps inevitable sequel: Scientists have created yeasts that can make important constituents of marijuana, including the main psychoactive compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

Synthetic versions of THC are available in pill form under brand names like Marinol and Cesamet; they are generally used to treat nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite caused by HIV infection or cancer chemotherapy.

Genetically modified yeast could make THC in a cheaper and more streamlined way than traditional chemical synthesis.

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