In the midst of some of the greatest violence on earth, scientists are hard at work studying mankind’s possible salvation, the cannabis plant. At a research laboratory and farm in the Galilee hills of northern Israel, brilliant men and women are on a path to the next level of the potential for marijuana.
And although the lab is a high-tech scientific marvel with the latest in security and is on the cutting edge of growing, there is a very spiritual aura that surrounds the area. It’s name, Tikkun Olam, is a reference to the Jewish concept of repairing or healing the world. There is an on-site synagogue in a trailer and, halfway up a hillside overlooking the farm, stands the blue-domed tomb of a rabbinic sage and his wife.
This research takes place in a country that considers marijuana very illegal and has no regulation pertaining to its medical use. Yet Israel’s Ministry of Health issues special licenses that allow thousands of patients to receive medical marijuana, and now some government officials are now promoting the country’s advances in the field as an example of its pioneering and innovation.
“I hope we will overcome the legal obstacles for Tikkun Olam and other companies,” Yuli Edelstein, the minister of public diplomacy and diaspora affairs, recently told jounalists. In addition to helping the sick, he said, the effort “could be helpful for explaining what we are about in this country.”
At this point, Israel wants to be seen as something more than a war zone, and this fact will likely help cannabis research continue and get even more funding.
Two strains developed at Tikkum Olam has received the most media attention. The strain known as Eran Almog, which has the highest concentration of THC, is recommended for severe pain. Avidekel, a strain rich in CBD and with hardly any psychoactive ingredient, allows patients to benefit from the drug without any psychoactive side effects.
Everything is studied, including different ways of ingesting cannabis for the most benefit, like edibles and even capsules.
The potential of the cannabis plant is just now being realized, and hopefully research will expand around the world, and especially in the United States where some 18 states and our nation’s capital allow for the medical use of marijuana.
Cannabis has the potential to literally heal the world, from fighting cancer to creating a new economic boon for many countries. Yet research of this plant is prohibited in many places, usually at the behest of the U.S. and their continuing efforts to fight the “War on Drugs.”
But a new age is dawning. The stigma that surrounds cannabis is shrinking every year and someday it will be used for its true purpose, to serve mankind.
- Joe Klare