In the north of isreal there is a secret cannabis plantation where researchers say they
developed a marijuana strain that can be used to ease the symptoms of some ailments without
“Sometimes the high is not always what they need. Sometimes it is an unwanted side effect. For
some of the people it’s not even pleasant,” said Zack Klein, head of development at Tikun Olam,
the company that developed the marijuana plant.
According to Israel’s health ministry, cannabis is used in Israel to treat over 9000 people
suffering from illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s disease and
post traumatic stress disorder.
Drug companies have also been interested in cannabis as a medicine. Britain’s GW
Pharmaceuticals, with Bayer and Almirall, sells an under-the-tongue spray called Sativex that is
designed to minimise highs by manipulating ratios of active ingredients.
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