More Government funded cannabis research in Israel
The Israeli government, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Volcani R&D Center, is creating its first cannabis company dedicated to the research for cultivation of cannabis. Over one hundred different cannabis strains will be imported to Israel as a part of this venture where gene mapping and modification will be the core of activities. Among the diseases in focus is Autism, the company intends to create a cultivation protocol together with genetic research for the cultivation of a strain specific for treatment of Autism..
The venture will be led by Dr. Nirit Bernstein, a senior researcher on the Volcani Center specializing in plant physiology, and professor Nativ Dudai, director of the herbs research institute. Their intention is to create 15 new unique strains for various medicinal within three years.
NIS 6 million has been invested between the Israeli gov’t and Pharmabis Genetics, a private company firm by businessman and former Rishon LeZion deputy mayor Shlomo Sagiv. Sagiv initiated the venture after his wife was injured in a car accident that left her with extreme persistent pain, which has been relieved by cannabis.