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What a drag, Israeli firm grows "highless" marijuana
(Reuters) – They grow in a secret location in northern Israel. A tall fence, security cameras and an armed guard protect them from criminals. A hint of their sweet-scented blossom carries in the air: rows and rows of cannabis plants, as far as the eye can see.
It is here, at a medical marijuana plantation atop the hills of the Galilee, where researchers say they have developed marijuana that can be used to ease the symptoms of some ailments without getting patients high.
"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 plant.
Cannabis has more than 60 constituents called cannabinoids. THC is perhaps the best known of those, less so for its medical benefits and more for its psychoactive properties that give people a "high" feeling.
But cannabis also contains Cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance that some researchers say has anti-inflammatory benefits. Unlike THC, it hardly binds to the brain's receptors and can therefore work without getting patients stoned.
"CBD plants are available in different forms all over the world," said Klein, adding that the company's plant is free of THC and very high in CBD.
Tikun Olam began its research on CBD enhanced cannabis in 2009 and about six months ago they came up with Avidekel, Klein said, a cannabis strain that contains 15.8 percent CBD and only traces of THC, less than one percent.
CANNABIS AS MEDICINE
Marijuana is an illegal drug in Israel. Medicinal use of it was first permitted in 1993, according to the health ministry.
Today cannabis is used in Israel to treat 9,000 people suffering from illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and post traumatic stress disorder, according to Israel's health ministry.
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.
Raphael Mechoulam, a professor of medicinal chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said Avidekel is thought to be the first CBD-enriched cannabis plant with no THC to have been developed in Israel.
"It is possible that (Avidekel's) CBD to THC ratio is the highest among medical marijuana companies in the world, but the industry is not very organised, so one cannot keep exact track of what each company is doing," he explained.
Although there have been no clinical trials in humans, Mechoulam, who is a leading researcher of cannabinoids, said that Avidekel showed promise as a potent anti-inflammatory.
Ruth Gallily of the Hebrew University who works for the company and has been studying CBD for more than 12 years, said she has found that the substance has impressive anti-inflammatory qualities. She has been testing the effects of Tikun Olam's CBD-enhanced cannabis on mice and expects clinical trials to begin in a few months.
Avidekel is a new strain of a plant that is already permitted for medical use so there is nothing stopping patients who are already being treated with marijuana from trying Avidekel. About 10 patients began using it in the past six months, Klein said.
"The cannabis plant, enriched with CBD, can be used for treating diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, liver inflammation, heart disease and diabetes," she said, adding there are no side effects.
"It's a huge advantage," said one 35-year-old patient who asked not to be identified, "I can smoke during the day, function with a lot less pain and still be focused, work and drive. It is a great gift."
The woman began suffering chronic pains after a tumour was removed from her spine. She began treatment with regular THC-containing marijuana eight months ago. Two months ago she started smoking Avidekel.
"The difference is huge. Before, I would only smoke at the end of the day and stay in pain." Now, she said, with the highless marijuana "my life is so much better."
Despite Avidekel's highless benefit, Klein does not see regular marijuana disappearing any time soon. THC has its own unique effects that alleviate illness symptoms.
"Don't worry, I think that cannabis with THC will still be (around)," he said. (Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Paul Casciato)
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- Mickey Martin <s..[email protected]> Jul 09 11:32PM -0700
I love this guy…a 46-year-old washed up computer tech who decided to jump in the weed game after his business collapsed….
Here is a great site for you to get to know him better…..classy guy soliciting friends on the Internets: http://www.meetup.com/nightlife-434/members/8525031/
You look sexy, bro…
Dude said he is a "Senior Systems Analyst" which is apparently a fancy name for "Data Center Manager" for a whopping 13 years. Awesome career choice. No wonder you wanted to sell weed.
I am sorry I have wasted so much time on this cat. I thought he might have been someone other than a call center manager who lost his job, tried to sell weed and failed at that, tried to open a school and failed that, and who has made a gang of weak websites for other failed cannabis companies. Super….NEXT.
I give you this info, so that you may be able to put a face to the lame, so should you see him out and about you can easily identify him.
No wonder he hates tax and regulate so much…he owes the State of CA several thousand in back taxes. He sold out his struggling dispensary to some thuggish ruggish cats who he now distances himself from, likely to keep his fancy apartment in Downtown Sac at the Regatta…..WooHoo…..
Looking for friends on the internet from your lonely ass apartment…..I am jealous, player. NOT….
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Author of Medical Marijuana 101
***The views expressed in this communication are not necessarily the views of T-Comp Consulting, Tainted Compassion, Cannabis Warrior any other group I am affiliated with.***
- PeaceLove <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 09:43AM -0700
A person's employment status and background don't reveal anyone anything
about their effectiveness as an advocate for cannabis. Ad hominem attacks
debase this email list without advancing your argument at all. Please
address Mr. Colorado's arguments on their merits or restrain yourself from
- Dave Hodges <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 11:07AM -0700
I'm back! Sorry I've been MIA for the last month. As soon as I finish
getting caught up on all the emails over the past month, I will
address some of this insane bullshit.
A few points worth addressing now:
1) Yes, another person has been moderating SaveCannabis in my absence
a. This person is someone I trust.
b. They have no connection to anyone in the Cannabis industry.
c. They are a medical cannabis patient who is new to the "movement".
2) All emails being moderated violate the posting rules for
3) An update to rules for the SaveCannabis group is in the works & I'm
open to all suggestions.
4) An overhaul of the SaveCannabis site is almost ready.
5) Mickey Martin and Dan Rush/UFCW have no "control" over the
6) The goal of the SaveCannabis forum is to help the cannabis movement
move forward with open dialog and accountability.
7.10) Happy 7/10!
What is 7/10?
Think of 7:10 as you think of 4:20. Not only is it a time, but it is a
date. This time/date stands for smoking cannabis OIL (aka:BHO, Wax,
Budder, Honeycombe, “Errl”, etc..) . BHO/Wax has been around for a
long time, but within the last couple years specific devices have been
created to improve the way Wax is smoked. Along with these
improvements came die-hard oil smokers. Some cannabis users completely
switched over to the use of Wax. Wax is quick and to the point as far
as medication goes! One or two hits and your as medicated as smoking a
whole joint to your face! The people who have realized that this is
“THE NEW WAY TO SMOKE CANNABIS” have formed a movement, The Errl
Movement or The 7:10 Movement. Join the 7:10 Movement Facebook group
A2C2 – The All American Cannabis Club – a2c2.us
SJCBC – The San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective – sjcbc.org
SVCC – The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition – svcannabis.com
SaveCannabis – An open forum for the cannabis movement – savecannabis.org
- Matthew Meyer <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 12:57PM -0700
Hey, 710 spells "OIL" when you invert it! Neat.
University of Virginia
- Chris Conrad <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 10:48AM -0700
You misunderstood what happened again, Terry.
The problem is that nobody wants to read your crap or to have anything to do
with you, and between you, Letiticia and Cain you've driven just about
everyone off of these two lists. Nice work undermining the movement, but
this time you unified us in agreement that you are a boring bully.
— Chris <s..[email protected]>(phone#-removed)
- Letitia Pepper <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 11:01AM -0700
Well, It's been useful and interesting to see posts from the folks who want to push THC-free cannabis as medicinal — that's what I've been expecting would be next in the 1%'s efforts to prevent cannabis from being useful to the 99% as a cancer preventative and cure (not to mention THC's importance as a component in whole herbal cannabis for other ailments, e.g., nausea, pain, etc.)
If you need to discuss something with me that is important to people who are working on pro-medicinal, pro-patient projects, please send e-mails to me with MY NAME in the subject line, e.g., "LETITIA, here's an e-mail about"
FYI, If anyone thinks that I'll be writing an article for Cannabis Culture, or participating in a debate with Mickey Martin and/or David Malmo Levine , don't hoild your brreathes. I have never heard from David's editor, "Jeremiah" (or else his e-mail got lost in the masses of e-mails reently generated!) or from anyone with details of the when or where of a debate.
- Terry Colorado <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 10:03AM -0700
FYI: This email thread was highly censored on Save Cannabis last night;
didn't make it out to the rest of the list … here is the full thread so
you will understand how they censor on Save Cannabis.
Herald at Arms
of the Cannabis Nation
- David Malmo-Levine <s..[email protected]> Jul 09 10:42PM -0700
"Cannabis conspiracy theories"?
*Noam Chomsky <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0159008/>*: There's nothing more
remote from what we have been discussing than a conspiracy theory. If I
give an analysis of, say the economic system, and I point out that GM *tries
to maximize profit and market share* – that's not a conspiracy theory;
that's an institutional analysis. It has nothing to do with conspiracies.
That's precisely the sense in which we've been talking about the media. *The
phrase "conspiracy theory" is one of those that's constantly brought up,
and I think it's effect simply is to discourage institutional analysis. *
Throughout human history, political and economic leaders genuinely *have* been
the cause of enormous amounts of death and misery, and they sometimes have
engaged in conspiracies while at the same time promoting conspiracy
theories about their targets. Hitler<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler>
and Stalin <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin> would be merely
the 20th century's most prominent examples; there have been numerous others.
 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_theory#cite_note-22> In some
cases there have been claims dismissed as conspiracy theories that later
proved to be true.<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_theory#cite_note-Fenster_1999-23>
"OK. You can call me a Conspiracy Theorist if you call everyone else a
*"Conspiracy" Theories vs. "Coincidence" Theories*
by John Judge
As for the rest of your comments, you must be in one of those places with
shitty weed. Up here in Vancouver, I never see anything that's not organic
and fully flushed … just the kind bud. If your friends are bringing you
the shwag, get new friends. If nobody around you has the dank, move to some
place better, or learn to grow it yourself. We must all become the growers
we wish to see in the world.
If we used the wine industry as a model for cannabis relegalization, nobody
would have a monopoly and there would be some form of quality control:
- David Malmo-Levine <s..[email protected]> Jul 10 12:25AM -0700
And further on this same concept:
Corporations own your genes – Human Genome Patents
Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a
“criminal racket” over the last few years have been *wholly vindicated* by
recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by
two of its own scientists *faking vaccine efficacy data* by spiking blood
samples with animal antibodies. GlaxoSmithKline has just been fined a
whopping *$3 billion* for bribing doctors, lying to the FDA, hiding
clinical trial data and fraudulent marketing. Pfizer, meanwhile has been
sued by the nation’s pharmacy retailers for what is alleged as an
“overarching anticompetitive scheme” to keep generic cholesterol drugs off
the market and thereby boost its own profits.
The picture that’s emerging is one of *a criminal drug industry that has
turned to mafia tactics in the absence of any real science* that would
prove their products to be safe or effective. The emergence of this
extraordinary evidence of bribery, scientific fraud, lying to regulators
and monopolistic practices that harm consumers is also making all those
doctors and “skeptics” who defended Big Pharma and vaccines *eat their words
On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 10:42 PM, David Malmo-Levine
- "andrew garret" <s..[email protected]> Jul 09 08:07PM -0700
For those of you interested below is the museum's reply letter to the USP.
Att Mario Sindaco
First thank you for your reply.
I was advised by our lawyer (who is also helping the museum out with our
FDA Grandfather clause petition for Medical Cannabis), that we should ask
for an estimate of cost. I understand that your enclosed letter stated:
“Costs cannot be effectively estimated in advance as they will not be
known until the actual research and investigation of USP files is
However, as you can tell by our main website: www.AntiqueCannabisBook.com
– our museum operates on a shoe string and even at the lower rate of $80
per hour (clerical time) we cannot afford too many such hours. However,
the information that we have asked for is quite important and of interest
to many, many individuals.
1 – First (and most important of all), we seek to find out WHY the U.S.
Pharmacopoeia de-listed Medical Cannabis from it’s official listing of
It is generally perceived by members of this museum that it was NOT
removed for medical or pharmaceutical reasons, BUT instead for POLITICAL
REASONS. The U.S.P. was simply bullied into compliance by the then Bureau
of Narcotics under the leadership of Harry Anslinger. This perception
seems to be UNIVERSAL in nature — to our knowledge no one is saying
anything other than.
Mr. Sindaco, because old letters, memos, etc., will probably prove this to
be the case, (at this point), let me be the first to state that there is
no shame in this. It simply happened, many of us have been bullied into
taking actions that we would normally not have taken. It simply
happened, now it’s time to move on etc.
If you cannot provide me with such a cost estimate, can you give me the
contact information to the U.S.P. librarian’s office. I was told that
they have the archival records at their disposal and thus I can ask them
about the amount of time required to pull and look over the correct
records for the given time period.
2 – With regards to our second request for a copy of an existing Monograph
– one that we can use as a template for our own filing petition with the
U.S.P. We are quite taken aback by your response. These Monographs are
spoken about, just about everywhere on your website, and seem to play an
important role in any petition/request for re-listing. Yet, try as I may,
I have not been able to find a single copy of one. Is there no way you
can just email me a copy of an existing Monograph what we can look over?
As we plan to just use it as a template, it is unimportant which
drug/medicine it belongs to.
Hoping to hear back from you soon.
PS Your given web address does not seem to be working – were there any
errors in the address
Cc: "Theresa R. Laranang-Mutlu"
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