Israel is Growing Medical Marijuana that Excludes Its Sedative Effects
The debate about whether to legalise the use of marijuana even for medical purposes has been going on. Israel seems to have found a way by growing medical marijuana that does not have any addictive or sedating effects. Although, recreational use of marijuana is prohibited in Israel like in most countries, except perhaps Netherlands. At an unknown location near Tzfat in northern Israel, there is a government-approved medical marijuana plantation that was opened in 2004. There a new strain of cannabis has been developed that has low traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main substance responsible for making people feel high.
With this removal, it could be used by patients in need without getting its adverse effects. This new strain of cannabis is being called Avidekel and it has less than 1% of THC. It is combined with another constituent called cannabidiol (CBD), which is used 16%. The combination results in its application for medical purposes without its psychoactive effects. There are other substances available, like Sativex, which also try the use of medical marijuana.
Diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease could be treated from it. If the medical use of marijuana is allowed, and not just at experimental level like in Israel, the drug can actually do more benefit than harm. Being treated under medical supervision, that too taking away the element of addiction and recreational use, would certainly help the patients suffering from such diseases.