Jan 31, 2017 12:10 PM

Does Weed Kill Brain Cells? Israeli Scientists to Find Out Soon

When it comes to medical cannabis, Israel is among the leaders in both research and regulation. Last year, the Israeli government eased access to medical marijuana by expanding the list of qualifying conditions. In the near future, the Israeli officials also plan to start dispensing medical cannabis through pharmacies just like any other medication. There are also plans to increase the number of doctors allowed to prescribe medical weed. But most importantly, the government is going to fund over a dozen studies on medical cannabis. Does marijuana kill brain cells or can it help reduce the harmful influence of multiple sclerosis and other severe conditions? Can cannabis treat colon cancer? How can we improve the growth of medical cannabis plants? With the financial help from the government, Israeli scientists will soon find answers to all these questions.

13 research projects will be funded

Out of 30 cannabis research proposals that were submitted for funding consideration, the Israeli government chose 13 projects. These 13 studies will be carried out by local universities, research institutes, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. The researchers will focus on the most important problems in three areas: biochemistry, medicine, and agriculture.

Among these 13 projects, seven will study medicinal properties of cannabis. The most promising research projects will address topics like the marijuana effects on brain and the use of different strains for treating multiple sclerosis, colon cancer, and other conditions.

7 Reasons Why Marijuana Is Beneficial for Your Brain
7 Reasons Why Marijuana Is Beneficial for Your Brain
Though latest cannabis studies show the positive effect of marijuana on the brain, there are still many misconceptions about cannabis possibly damaging the brain activity. To dispel your doubts on this issue, MJ Wellness has prepared a list of seven science-backed reasons why cannabis is beneficial for your brain.

The other six studies will look for the new ways of improving the growth of medical marijuana crops and combating the diseases and pests that are the most harmful to the cannabis plants.

In total, the government plans to spend NIS 8 million (around $2.1 million) on medical cannabis research.

Recognizing the medicinal potential of cannabis

Israel is one of the countries that are not afraid to treat cannabis as a medicine and not as a dangerous and harmful drug. And even though the upcoming 13 studies will be the first ones to be funded by the Israeli government, local universities and pharmaceutical companies were conducting their studies on cannabis for years now.

For example, one of the leading scientists at the Agriculture Ministry’s research center VolcaniDr. Nirit Bernstein―started to work on improving marijuana cultivation practices over three years ago.

And for those who want to learn more about the medicinal properties of this plant, the Ariel University offers a special course on medical marijuana. The course was recently approved by Israel's Council for Higher Education and is already gaining its popularity among medical students.

First Course on Medical Cannabis Starts at Israel's University
First Course on Medical Cannabis Starts at Israel's University
Students in Israel now have a great opportunity to study medical cannabis at Ariel University. This first-ever program on the medical benefits of marijuana has been recently approved by Israel's Council for Higher Education.

Similar news
First Global Cannabis Research Center Opens in Israel
Israel has a leading role in studying medical marijuana in the world. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has recently confirmed this position by opening the first global cannabis research center.
Apr 11, 2017 12:10 PM
Effects of Marijuana on Brain: No Harm to Your Intelligence
Let us be honest—at least once in our lives, everyone has heard that marijuana use makes people stupid. While constant medical studies led to scientific breakthroughs, the scientists kept silent about the influence of marijuana on our intelligence.
Apr 9, 2016 5:45 PM
Marijuana Studies on the Brain: Cannabis Treats Alcohol-Damaged Cells
Scientific studies on marijuana have already revealed a great number of weed's healing properties nobody could imagine before. But one of the latest studies has found that marijuana can potentially treat brain cells that were damaged by alcohol.
Apr 7, 2016 4:20 PM