Friday, July 6, 2012

Collective in Israel Develops THC-Free Pot

An Israeli medical pot collective has developed a practically THC-free strain of the plant.

Medical marijuana is legal in Israel, and it's controlled by the country's Ministry of Health. Around 6,000 Israeli citizens are registered medical cannabis users. Tikkun Olam, which translates to Healing the World, grows pot and operates the country's only storefront dispensary.

Users of the Tikkun Olam's new strain of THC-free pot, known as CBD, told Public Radio International's "The World" that it does not have the same intoxicating effects of the drug. It allows patients who are taking pot for infections and nausea to smoke throughout the day without impairing their normal daily activities.

However, not all patients are able to use pot without THC. Pain patients and Parkinson's Disease sufferers, in particular, have noted that CBD does not alleviate their problems.

But even with the minimal amounts of THC in the plants, don't expect to see CBD at a collective or dispensary in the US anytime soon. Despite the fact that the federal government claims that cannabis is illegal because of THC, CDB will still be a banned import.

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