Medical Marijuana Use Sprouting In Israel : NPR
Israel has become a world leader in the use of medical marijuana. More than 10,000 patients have received government licenses to consume the drug to treat ailments such as cancer and chronic pain. Read this entire NPR article.[message type=”custom” width=”100%” color=”#CCCCCC” border=”#C9C9C9″ color=”#333333″]Dr. Reuven Or, director of the hospital’s bone marrow transplantation department, says Israel was a pioneer in medical marijuana research and quickly saw and began to apply the benefits. Cannabis not only allows patients to regain their appetite, fight nausea and relax, but it’s also proven to be an anti-inflammatory.
According to Or, medical marijuana use first began in the bone marrow transplant cancer ward.
“We started to use it as a routine treatment as part of all the other medications that we give. Slowly we enlarged the use to other cancer patients. We opened here a center that can help patients who are not hospitalized, from outpatients,” Or says.
Eventually the Ministry of Health got on board, he says. Now, not only are cancer patients entitled to use medical marijuana, but people suffering from an entire list of other ailments including some psychological problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder are able to take advantage of its benefits.
One of the reasons it has been so widely accepted in Israel, Or says, is that cannabis use is mentioned in the Torah so the religious establishment doesn’t object. His support of medical marijuana is purely scientific, however.
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