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December 04, 2019

Cannabis sector looks to 2020

Global cannabis companies are ready to welcome 2020, hoping new regulations will pave the way for more canna-tech products and new marijuana businesses. Israeli canna-players, specifically, are marching into the new year with peak status in medical cannabis research.

Israel continues to be the go-to for cannabis’ potential benefits. The country is an established world leader in medical cannabis R&D, thanks to the pioneering work of Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Raphael Mechoulam and other scientists in Israel. 

July 13, 2019

Cannabis for animals?

“New tech and innovations have opened this space to pets. Obviously, a dog cannot smoke a joint but I can give an animal a CBD-infused biscuit to help with pain. What we’re doing is the opposite of what’s happening in the pharma field. We’re not using animals to find medications for human purpose; we’re creating products for pets specifically,” Itay Ben-Mordechai, head of innovation at Weedley, a leader in the development and distribution of cannabidiol-based natural products (CBD) for pets, explains to NoCamels.

The CBD-for-pets global market is one of the cannabis arena’s hottest sub-sectors. CBD pet products could reach $1.16 billion in the US by 2022, according to cannabis-focused research firm Brightfield Group.

March 20, 2019

First Automated Containerized Cannabis Farm in Israel

Seedo, the high-tech firm known for its fully-automated grow device for medical cannabis, has announced a plan to develop “the first fully automated, commercial-scale, pesticide-free containerized cannabis farm in Israel,” saying it will be partnering with Kibbutz Dan in northern Israel to do so.

The agro-tech firm from Israel last month began supplying its intelligent automated hydroponic system technology in home-grow units to customers in California.

November 14, 2018

High hopes for canna-tech partnerships

Cannabis technology partnerships are the focus of a new Canada-Israel-US initiative that hopes to connect North American growers with blue-and-white tech solutions for better consumption, yield, performance, quality of product, and packaging.

Can Innovation Finder (CIF) launched simultaneously in Canada and Israel in July 2018 to promote technology and innovation partnerships between licensed Canadian cannabis producers and the Israeli ecosystem.

October 23, 2018

Cannabis terms explained: Do you know terpenes from THC?

October 2018 has been a banner month for the cannabis industry. Marijuana consumption is now legal in Canada. Cannabis stocks are all the rage on Wall Street. Polls even show that most Republicans support legalization.
 

Still, cannabis terminology and slang can seem daunting. Do you know the difference between THC and CBD? How about tinctures versus extracts? And what exactly is a terpene, anyway?

October 08, 2018

‘Set to explode’: Cannabis-infused drinks step into the spotlight

Interest in cannabis-infused drinks continues to fizz in the wake of the Coca-Cola Company’s announcement that it may consider adding cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis plants, to drinks.
 

CBD, which may be 2018’s trendiest ingredient, is already used in dozens of wellness products, including beverages. But when a multinational corporation expresses interest in spreading CBD drinks to the masses, the reverberations can rock investment groups, stock prices and other beverage companies, even weeks later.

September 04, 2018

Study: Most pain physicians in Israel say cannabis is safer than opioids

A majority of Israel’s pain specialists prescribe cannabis in their practices, say opiates are more dangerous than cannabis, and find cannabis moderately to highly effective in pain relief, according to a new scientific study on the role of cannabis in pain medicine.

The Perfect Scoop: Cannabis-Flavored Ice Cream

Big pails of nut pastes, boxes of sugars and cases of raw ingredients line the shelves of the Vaniglia gelato factory in Israel. One at a time, like a little kid in a candy shop, Itay Rogozinsky, chef glacier and owner of the popular ice cream chain, unscrews the lids or opens the boxes to show the perfect consistency of each mixture. He also tells its backstory – from which country the ingredient hails, when he went to the factory that makes it, and in which gelatos you’ll find it.
 

Rogozinsky drew international attention recently when he mixed certain quantities of these natural, raw ingredients into a new flavor of ice cream: cannabis.

July 17, 2018

Move over, mint chip. Cannabis ice cream is spreading to new markets

Ice cream infused with cannabis or flavored with terpenes seems to be popping up everywhere this summer. From North Carolina and Oregon to Canada and Israel, dessert makers are looking to cannabidiol (CBD) oil and hemp oil to elevate their normal ice cream selection.

The taste of cannabis is an enigma, as the plant is usually inhaled or mixed into a more dominant flavor (pot brownies, for instance, taste mostly of chocolate). To craft a true cannabis flavor is a challenge some chefs and food entrepreneurs are now trying to master.

July 15, 2018

Skin Deep: Cannabis Is The Latest ‘It’ Ingredient In Beauty Products

By Viva Sarah Press
The beauty business is going green. From toners to facial masks, hand creams to lip balms to perfumes, new beauty products containing cannabis-derived ingredients are hitting the shelves at an ever-rapid pace. After all, the legalized medical cannabis market is changing the world over – and cosmetic brands aren’t about to skip this trend.

“All retailers are looking to bring cannabis cosmetics into their stores,” says Roby Zomer, co-founder and managing director of Israeli-European brand MGC Pharmaceuticals – whose subsidiary MGC Derma recently put 18 products containing premium cannabidiol (CBD) on the shelves of the UK’s Harvey Nichols luxury fashion and beauty retailer. “People are looking for niche and unique beauty brands. Last year it was snail slime, now it’s cannabis.”

The CBD being infused into beauty products cannot get users high. Although presently still listed as a controlled substance, the World Health Organization is expected to reclassify cannabidiol in the coming weeks.

June 19, 2018

Cannabis QC: Israeli tech companies see potential for better bud

Not so long ago, cannabis quality control seemed like a foreign concept. Cannabis growers operated in the shadows, and reliable production was far from the most pressing concern.

As the cannabis market starts to outgrow its fly-by-night roots, demand for a reliable product has grown in the United States and abroad.

In other words, high-end crops demand high-tech agriculture tools. Medical cannabis, in particular, needs to be grown in precise conditions.

Small wonder that Israel’s leading agricultural technology industry is tweaking its technologies and applying them to the cannabis market.

April 30, 2018

San Francisco extraction firm, Israeli company to establish cannabis farm in Europe

Cannabis is sparking new partnerships between companies in the United States and Israel.

Constance Therapeutics, a San Francisco medical cannabis extraction firm,  and Kanabo Research, a Tel Aviv company developing clinical solutions for extraction and vaporization of medical cannabis, have announced plans to establish a cannabis cultivation farm in Europe.

April 17, 2018

By Viva Press
On April 20, Israelis will be able to pick up medical cannabis products at their local pharmacies. That’s according to an announcement from the Ministry of Health. The pharmacy pilot program is the latest development in the Israeli government’s cannabis reform policy.

Until now, Israelis could only get medical cannabis prescriptions filled at designated dispensaries or in psychiatric hospitals.

February 22, 2018

New cannabis cryptocurrency aims for social impact

By Viva Sarah Press
A new cannabis-backed cryptocurrency hopes to prove that a digital currency designed for social impact can solve real-world problems.

The Cannabium marijuana-backed token, which trades like Bitcoin, hopes to be the “first-ever financial contract that you can buy, trade and redeem to get physical CBD,” according to its acting chief executive, Nachshol Cohen. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active chemical compounds identified in cannabis.

March 19, 2018

Israeli medical marijuana companies may bolt overseas if export ban continues

By Viva Sarah Press

At the CannaTech cannabis innovation conference in Tel Aviv this week, medical marijuana activists and business leaders voiced their disappointment with the Israeli government’s move to block medical cannabis exports.

“The government is missing out on a massive opportunity to become the world leader [in the sector],” Saul Kaye, CEO of CannaTech and ICAN Israel, said in a press conference. “This is a mature, robust R&D-focused opportunity that is looking to globalize. So, if the government misses out, we’ll all end up working in Slovenia.”

December 10, 2017

By Viva Press
The Breath of Life (BOL) compound is the largest medical cannabis facility in the world. From the outside, it looks like any other industrial area complex. But inside, it is a one-stop-shop of innovative services for formulation development and manufacturing of drug development.In addition to advancing its own products, BOL has become one of the country’s go-to sites for international collaboration.
 

February 12, 2017

5 reasons Israel is dominating the cannabis industry

By Viva Sarah Press
From research to agricultural and technical innovation and liberal government policies, Israel is a central hub for advancing medical cannabis.

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