Israeli scientists take the high out of weed

A new breed of marijuana relieves symptoms of patients suffering from medical ailments, without the high; response to new breed has been mixed.

In a move unlikely to win Israel new friends abroad, Israeli scientists have figured out how to neutralize the chemical in marijuana that makes users high.

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A new type of marijuana developed in Israel contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in the cannabis plant that causes mind-altering effects when the plant is smoked.

Instead, the new breed contains a higher level of cannabidiol (CBD), another component of the plant which is not high-inducing, but does offer beneficial effects for patients suffering from various symptoms.

Mother Earth gave us multiple species of marijuana, each with its own attributes and effects, but nothing quite like this has ever been invented, and the world media’s coverage of the Israeli innovation has been ambivalent, to say the least.

Technology website Gizmodo called the Israeli researchers “killjoy scientists” and accused them of having “bred the fun out of medical marijuana.”

Tzahi Klein, head of development at Tikkun Olam, the company that developed the new species, is proud of the development. In an interview last week with Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, Klein said his weed had the same taste, smell and shape as regular marijuana – only without the high.

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By Lital Levin

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5 comments

  1. AS says:

    We’ve had this forever it’s called ditch weed.

    • No…’ditch weed’ or ‘throw away’ was/is weed with little THC to get you off. This new breed contains a higher level of cannabidiol (CBD), another component of the plant which is not high-inducing, but offers beneficial medical effects for patients suffering from cancers or after chemo.

      Those who thought the benefits of ‘medical marijuana’ was getting ‘high’, just didn’t understand. It was the CBD in the plant that aided the patients all the time.

  2. ken says:

    Lab medicine hurts more then helps us. The history is clear yet science ignores this while helping them create more bs like this. Nature already made what it needs to make. You morons are just trying to complicate ingrediants enough to put a copyright to your recipe. Demons! Not an exaggeration. These people a4e literally demons. Earth gave us everything we need while evil people try to limit access out of greed and profit. Babylon!

    • There are so, so many lab medicines that prove your comment to simply be based on ignorance. BTW, this same technology makes growing grains & fruits & vegetables with less water, harsher climates and in grater abundance.

      • ken says:

        Ignorance? People not knowing the truth about their field of expertise is the most dangerous type of ignorance, as we are seeing now today. Manmade epidemics with big pharma ready with all the cures. Don’t beplieve us, call us kooks, but the truth is plain for everyone to see. Research the new strains of flus and viruses and you will find nothing but big pharmas fingerpringts. You want to keep your funding, so you wouldn’t be foolish enough to publish any real findings. How is aids and cancer working out for you? The biggest profits yet and almost a trillion dollar industry. It will be one in the next decade. Lab weed haha fkin morons! Babylon!

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