Cannabis compounds are widely recognized as effective treatments for a surprising number of conditions and illnesses from anxiety to asthma to autism – and that’s just the A’s on a very long list.
Yet it wasn’t long ago that cannabis was best known as marijuana, the “devil weed” with psychoactive effects that caused most countries to ban even growing the plant whose dried flowers people smoked to get high.
Well, now that medical cannabis is emerging as a legitimate wonder drug, there is an urgent need for guidelines on how to grow different strains to maximize their therapeutic potential, and to determine which strains best treat different conditions. No less urgent is the need for standardizing cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.
There’s one Israeli scientist taking on these major challenges.