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Israeli researchers grow marijuana without a high

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Posted on Jul. 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

An Avidekel marijuana bud is displayed at the Tikun Olam company center in Tel Aviv on June 17. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

An Avidekel marijuana bud is displayed at the Tikun Olam company center in Tel Aviv on June 17. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

Israeli researchers say they have developed a cannabis plant that gives no high.

The research firm, called Tikun Olam, operates a marijuana plantation in northern Israel, according to The Jerusalem Post. Medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since 1993, though its recreational use is illegal.

Tikun Olam claims that its new marijuana plant does not contain THC, the constituent of the plant that gives users a high. But the new plant still contains Cannabidiol, which doctors say can aid the treatment of a variety of illnesses.

The Post, citing the Healthy Ministry, reported that cannabis is used to treat 9,000 people in Israel.

“Sometimes the high is not always what they need,” Zack Klein, head of development at Tikun Olam, told the Post. “Sometimes it is an unwanted side effect. For some of the people it’s not even pleasant.”

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