New cannabis created: pain relief without the high

It has all the pain-killing properties of cannabis, without the high.

A new strain of marijuana was created with the medicinal properties, but without the high in Tikun Olam, a government-approved medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel.

The new strain called Avidekel has very low traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the mind-altering component of cannabis.

According to the NY DAILY NEWS, the new strain has been tested on mice, and clinical trials would begin in a few months.

Avidekel contains less than one percent of THC.  The most popular cannabis sold at the medicinal marijuana plantation contains 23 percent THC.

Marijuana contains more than 60 cannabinoids, which includes THC.  It also contains  cannabidiol (CBD), which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Avidekel contains a 16 percent concentration of CBD.

The new strain has the same shape, scent and taste as the original plant.

“But the numbing sensation that users are accustomed to has disappeared,” said Tzahi Klein, head of development.

Klein said patients who tried the new plant report back that they felt tricked and that they had taken a placebo.

Without the high, would Avidekel still be considered an illegal drug?