20 September 2015 - 7 Tishri 5776 - ז' תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ו
Researchers develop medicinal marijuana with “no high” E-mail

Israeli researchers have created a strain of marijuana that creates a buzz, but no high, according to report published in the Washington Post in February.

Named “Rafael,” in reference to the healing angel called upon by Moses, the cannabis is reportedly available in Israel in oral doses. The new variety was developed in northern Israel for its medicinal benefits relating to the treatment of epilepsy in children.

Israel has become a world leader in the realm of medicinal marijuana, but the government has so far not permitted producers to export their product.

Michael Dor, a top medical adviser in the Israeli Health Ministry’s cannabis department, said that talks with government officials were ongoing, with agricultural officials supporting the export of Israeli cannabis and the police and army opposed. According to Dor, officials opposed to exporting cannabis “don’t want Israel to be seen all over the world as a country that exports weapons and cannabis.”

Despite this, Israel’s marijuana industry has drawn interest from pharmaceutical companies all over the world.

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