Israeli university launches medical cannabis research center

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a leading Israeli academic institution, is launching a Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research.

Additional research providing evidence of marijuana’s medicinal benefits could persuade more doctors to recommend medical cannabis. Israel already has a reputation as a cannabis research powerhouse.

According to The Jerusalem Post, the new center’s studies will highlight cancer, pain, stress management and inflammation as key areas, as well as a number of other topics.

The center’s research will conduct and coordinate further research on cannabinoids, endocannabinoids and medical marijuana to help share and spread information, according to the newspaper.

The Hebrew University has a long history of breaking ground in cannabis research. Last year, it undertook research into the effects of CBD on traumatic brain injury and the effect of a cannabis extract on acute pain, among other studies, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Over the last 50 years, Raphael Mechoulam, one of the university’s professors, and colleagues were able to isolate THC and synthesize it.

Mechoulam was also responsible for identifying endogenous cannabinoids and pioneering the field of cannabinoid research.