Israel

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27
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Israelis allowed cannabis as prescription drug

Deputy Minister of Health Yakov Litzman said the drug will be available in pharmacies.

 

Deputy Minister of Health Yakov Litzman today announced that medical cannabis will be available in pharmacies in Israel, and that more doctors would be allowed to prescribe it.

"There are already pharmacies that dispense all sorts of other drugs, such as morphine. There is order with that, and there will be order with this," Litzman said. "There will be registration, and we'll supervise it, but it will be according to a standard, like a drug. Right now, we're in a case at the High Court of Justice because of the growers, and we'll issue a tender for the growers. I hope we get approval from the High Court of Justice."

Mon
27
Jul

ISRAEL IS LEADING CANNABIS REFORM FOR PATIENTS

Israel has been a shining example of how to deal with cannabis. From the ground breaking scientific research lead by Raphael Mechoulam to the latest news that cannabis will be widely available in all pharmacies. There has been a real problem of patients getting access to the medicinal plant so today’s announcementoutlining a clear path for full introduction into Israeli patient care will bring some much needed relief.

Mon
27
Jul

Israel: Medical Marijuana to be Available at Pharmacies

Israelis soon will be able to take a doctor’s prescription for marijuana to the local pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said Monday.

He noted that pharmacies issue prescriptions for other drugs that are considered narcotics and that procedures are well-supervised. A case in point is Ritalin. A person wanting to fill a prescription for the drug, which when ground up and sniffed can be extremely dangerous, has to wait at the counter until the pharmacist opens the safe.

“I will fight an aggressive war not to allow this to get out of control,” said Litzman, who in effect is the Health Minster, a title he does not accept because the Hareidi Yehadut Torah (United Torah Judaism) party does not want to be part of a “Zionist” Cabinet.

Tue
21
Jul

Marijuana use among Israeli teens getting higher

Cannabis use among teens has risen in recent years, according to a new survey done by the Israeli branch of the international health organization, Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC).

The survey, which sampled 14,000 pupils in grades six, eight, 10, 11, and 12, found that parallel to the rise in the use of cannabis was a decrease in the number of pupils who thought the drug was dangerous.

In 2011, 15 percent of 15-18 year olds reported thinking there was no danger in using cannabis, while in the recent 2014 survey the number jumped to 24% of the same age group.

The rates among boys was higher than girls, jumping from 18.8% thinking there was no danger in using cannabis in 2011, up to 36.2% in 2014.

Sun
19
Jul

Medicinal use of marijuana keeps getting fresh evidence in support. Ignore?

Scientists in Israel have discovered that certain chemicals in cannabis help broken bones mend faster. This chemical can possibly slow down or avert the onset of osteoporosis. How do we treat this constant accumulation of evidence in support of medicinal use of marijuana?

Sun
19
Jul

No bones about it: Cannabis may be used to treat fractures

Cannabis—marijuana, hashish—was used as a go-to medical remedy by societies around the world for centuries. But the therapeutic use of marijuana was banned in most countries in the 1930s and '40s due to a growing awareness of the dangers of addiction. The significant medical benefits of marijuana in alleviating symptoms of such diseases as Parkinson's, cancer, and multiple sclerosis have only recently been reinvestigated.

Fri
17
Jul

Israel: MKs boycott meeting on cannabis legalization

Boaz Wachtel of the Green Leaf Party said 13,000 people are arrested for using cannabis each year.

Most members of the Knesset Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse boycotted a meeting Tuesday on “progressive cannabis policies,” in protest against panel chairwoman Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) being pro-legalization.

MK Eli Cohen (Kulanu) wrote a letter to Zandberg in the name of six of the committee’s 10 members, saying they would not attend in protest of her “turning [the committee] into the caucus to promote cannabis..instead of the goal for which the committee was formed to fight drug abuse and drug-related crimes, rehabilitation of users, and public campaigns to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in general and especially among youth.

Fri
17
Jul

Joint relief: Marijuana helps mend broken bones

Break a bone? Your doctor may soon provide you with an unexpected prescription – marijuana.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that a component of marijuana “significantly helps heal bone fractures,” university officials announced Thursday.

The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that the non-psychotropic cannabidiol, or CBD, considerably sped up the healing process of rats’ broken leg bones. Those benefits were also present, even when the molecule was separated from THC, the major psychoactive component of cannabis.

Thu
16
Jul

How Did Israel Become a Hub for Innovation?

As an Israeli, an entrepreneur, and the general manager of the Microsoft Ventures accelerator program, I’m constantly asked to explain the secret behind the massive success of Israeli startups. Even though there are successful entrepreneurs in almost every corner of the world, it seems that a disproportional amount of successful startups are located in Israel.

Wed
15
Jul

Results From PatientsLikeMe Survey Highlight Patient Beliefs About Medical Marijuana

A new survey of 219 PatientsLikeMe members has found that patients with certain conditions who use medical marijuana believe it is the best available treatment for them, with fewer side effects than other options and few risks. The survey, conducted in June 2015, is among the first to gauge patient perceptions about the benefits and risks of medical marijuana and their level of willingness to recommend its use.

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