Israeli scientists create cannabis that doesn't get you high

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 4, 2012
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Israeli scientists in a laboratory in the Galilee have reportedly developed a pain-easing strain of marijuana that does not cause psychoactive effects.

The main component in cannabis, which results in the "high" feeling, is known as THC. But Israeli scientists believe they have managed to remove this element for the first time.

Cannabis is understood to contain Cannabidiol, a substance that has anti-inflammatory benefits and so can help relieve pain from a range of diseases, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, Crohn's disease, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.

While marijuana is illegal in Israel, the use of it for medical reasons has been legal since 1993. According to Israel's Health Ministry, there are currently 9,000 medical marijuana users.

Drug companies have long been interested in the potential medical use of cannabis, so the discovery in Israel could prove to be a very significant breakthrough.

Last updated: 10:14am, July 4 2012