Israel

Wed
17
Jun

OWC Pharmaceutical Research Announces the Promising Results of Phase Lab Testing for Multiple Myeloma

PETACH TIKVA, Israel, June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp. (OTCQB: OWCP), today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, One World Cannabis Ltd. ("the Company"), an Israel-based developer of cannabinoid-based therapies targeting a variety of different indications, is proud to announce it has received the first basic science study (lab) results on the effect of several combination of Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on multiple myeloma cell line RPMI8226.

Based on the results, One World Cannabis will submit the clinical trial protocol to the IRB (Helsinki committee). The company expects to receive institutional review board approval for the study within 6-9 weeks.

Wed
17
Jun

Thousands of patients swear by cannabis drugs

It started when Jali was four months old. The boy squirmed under convulsions, muscle twitching. The epileptic seizures occurred in the following years repeatedly, often several times a day. In order not to get hurt, the child was wearing a helmet. The parents lived in constant worry, the two brothers felt neglected. "The disease has determined our lives," says mother Jael Bracha.

Today Jali is seven years old - and symptom-free. He owes this apparently to an agent that is illegal and controversial everywhere in many places: cannabis. Three times a day Jali gets several drops that contain the active ingredients tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Since the start of therapy he had not a single attack more, says the mother.

Wed
17
Jun

Israel’s Knesset mulls medical marijuana

Bureaucracy surrounding medical marijuana permits often drives patients in need to break the law and turn to the black market, MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) said Tuesday, in a Knesset committee meeting to discuss decriminalization of cannabis for personal use.

“The wait to receive medical marijuana can be as long as a year to two years, so that by the time it arrives sometimes it’s no longer needed. The bureaucracy causes sick people to become criminals and acquire cannabis illegally because they are waiting for a permit,” Slomiansky said.

Tue
16
Jun

Could Pot Strengthen US-Israel Ties?

Many people would probably be surprised to know that Israel has become synonymous with marijuana over the years because of research conducted by its top scientists and professors. Now a group in New York state wants to bring the best of that know-how to America.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, now a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was the first person to isolate the psychoactive THC component of marijuana. He was also the first to test THC drops in children with cancer. And some of the major advances Mechoulam made in his cannabis research were financially sponsored by the American government in the form of the National Institute of Health (NIH) grants long before marijuana was medicinally legal in the United States.

Fri
12
Jun

Israeli Father Of Medical Marijuana A Bit Of A Buzzkill

This month’s National Geographic magazine features an interview with Raphael Mechoulam, the Israeli chemist known worldwide as the founder of medical marijuana research, as part of a cover story entitled “Weed: The New Science of Marijuana.”

Mechoulam’s early discoveries include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis plants, and cannabidiol (CBD), another key ingredient with potential medical benefits but none of the mind-altering effects. He conducted this groundbreaking research in the sixties with Lebanese hashish confiscated by the Israeli national police.

Wed
10
Jun

Aussie 'pot stock' MGC Pharmaceuticals wins license to grow marijuana

An Australian pharmaceutical company, the most recent "pot stock" to trade on the ASX, has become one of the first local players to be granted a license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. 

MGC Pharmaceuticals, which is operated out of Israel, will be allowed to grow, process, import and export cannabis from Slovenia, where the government has legalised the practice.

Fellow Australian cannabis producer, AusCann, secured permission to grow and export marijuana on Norfolk Island in May. The difference between the two producers is MGC hopes to produce a product for the cosmetic industry whereas AusCann is targetting pain relief. 

Tue
09
Jun

Israel Prepares to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use

And the bill has “joint left-right support”

Medical marijuana has been legally prescribe to Israeli’s since the early 1990s. That longevity coupled with over 20,000 patients and the world’s premier cannabis research makes Israel (for real) the world’s undisputed marijuana powerhouse.

Tue
09
Jun

Meet the Jewish grand poobah of the First Church of Cannabis

With IRS recognition, gifts are tax deductible for Bill Levin’s new Indianapolis church, which will begin operation the day Indiana’s new Religious Freedom law takes effect

though he grew up at the Reform-affiliated Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Bill Levin recently founded a church. And not just any church — the First Church of Cannabis, for which Levin will serve as the Minister of Love.

Tue
09
Jun

Israel: Marijuana decriminalization would penalize users under 21

New details on the legal efforts to decriminalize marijuana that emerged on Monday revealed that Knesset members are pushing to allow Israelis over the age of 21 to hold up to one plant, 15 seeds, and five grams of pot without penalty.

Under the move spearheaded by freshman MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home party), the plant would be legal for private use, with individuals allowed to keep small amounts of cannabis and derivative products in their homes.

Fri
05
Jun

Lawmakers have high hopes for cannabis decriminalization

Joint left-right support for rehashed bill makes green light likelier than ever for recreational use

Don’t expect it to be hitting the shelves just yet, but newly proposed legislation could see Israel decriminalize cannabis for recreational use.

Under the move spearheaded by freshman MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home party), the plant would be legal for private use, with individuals allowed to keep small amounts of cannabis and derivative products in their homes.

Similar bills have been shot down in the past, but legalization activists have high hopes this time, after a group of eight Knesset members from across the political spectrum indicated they would support the budding proposal.

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