Israelis Invent Pot With No High

Medical marijuana users rejoice... if you want to stay sober
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2012 1:38 PM CDT
This man may get healthier without getting the giggles.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(Newser) – Mary Jane without the high? You can thank Israeli scientists, who have created a new form of marijuana that gives you health benefits without getting you stoned, AFP reports. "It has the same scent, shape and taste as the original plant—it's all the same—but the numbing sensation that users are accustomed to has disappeared," says Tzahi Klein, who heads development at the firm that created the new cannabis.

The concept behind Israel's new pot is simple: neutralize the effect of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol—which gets you high—and increase the power of CBD, or cannabidiol, which can relieve psychiatric problems and help diabetics. You won't get the munchies, either. But will medical users like the new, no-high grass? Klein recalls that "many of our patients who tried the new plant come back to us and say: 'You tricked me,'" thinking it was a placebo. (Read more marijuana stories.)

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