Skip to comments.Scientists invent 'cannabis without the high'
Posted on 05/31/2012 5:51:32 AM PDT by Former Fetus
Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn't get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday.
According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but does not induce any of the feelings normally associated with smoking marijuana that are brought on by the substance THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
"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," said Tzahi Klein, head of development at Tikkun Olam, the firm that developed the species.
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I have always had doubts about the medical use of marijuana. Is it really beneficial or just an excuse to get high? The Israelis have put those doubts to sleep!
Agree with you. I am for legalization of marijuana but from a stand point of personal liberty. I detest the “medical marijuana” argument; they need to just come clean and admit they want to smoke a plant. Quit jading the debate with sophistry.
I thought the whole point was to GET high.
“without the high”
I thought that was the purpose of smoking dope?
As some one who misspent their youth, my first thought was...”Why?”
The baking industry will fight this!
It really does help quell the nausea associated with chemotherapy, and also slows down the progression of glaucoma.
Those are two valid uses, and the sufferers would probably welcome the relief without the incapacity.
So it’s as much fun as decaffeinated coffee or kissing your sister.
We dicovered thos 35 years ago
Back then we called it ditch weed
Having the crop made “drug free” is great news for hemp production. Back before it was banned, hemp was a low cost rival to cotton.
thos = this
“a cannabis plant that doesn’t get people stoned”
What’s the point? That’s like beer without alcohol-only useful if you like to pee a lot.
ROFLMAO! I can just see what happen to all the medical pot user if they get the no hi stuff
POT without THC equals rope. Worthless as teats on a bull.
Hemp plants can be used to produce a very good fabric and paper from the woody fibre. It is very prolific and will grow in poor soil and could be used also for fuel alchol. And then there is always the rope.
I thought is was the THC in marijuana that provided those beneficial effects. Isn’t this new weed THC free?
So will all the people who bore us to death with their ‘practical uses of hemp’ nonsense which is a weak attempt to legitimize the cultivation of cannabis. Oops, they planted the ‘wrong kind’ in that 1/4 acre of the farm. Guess it’ll have to be smoked away....
Next thing you know they’ll invent sugar that’s not sweet...........
Can’t think of a dumber invention.
Will help me stay asleep all night?
True but unfortunately they are about 0.1% of the people pushing Medical Marijuana. Most I have seen are potheads talking about using Medical Marijuana to control their stress and anxiety. This leads to my conclusion that Medical Marijuana is more about the marijuana than the medical for many of its supporters.
In Smith’s Wealth of Nations, hemp is listed as the number one import from the American colonies at the time of the writing. I’m relatively sure it was not for recreational purposes.
Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!just a minute........have to catch my breath........hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!......this is rich........hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!......now they’ll be yammering for medical meth.........”I have to pay for marijuana that doesn’t give me a rush? I’m cured!”
This innovation will certainly help identify the fraudsters.
This obsession with finding something, anything to get around giving people a medication that might make ‘em feel good as a side effect is thoroughly bizarre.
In the early 20th century and before you could buy pure morphine sulphate by the oz, not to mention a wide variety of other potential intoxicants.
In what much come as a shock to some of you, the western world still managed to give birth to the industrial revolution and numberless other leaps forward during this period rather than descending into a antinomian, hedonistic abyss.
Someone once defined fundamentalism as the nagging suspicion that someone, somewhere, might be having a good time. Ridiculous “discoveries” like this and the people who cheer them on (very often with a sneer on their faces) are proof positive that whoever said that had a point.
There’s already cannabis that won’t get you high. It’s called hemp.
****This innovation will certainly help identify the fraudsters****
And probably create a whole slew of new ones. Ya better trust your dealer or who knows what you’ll get.
Perhaps. But when your foremost spokesman is Woody Harrelson, it’s a safe bet that he’s not really interested in the industrial uses of the product. It is - pardon the pun - a smokescreen.
Doesn’t work that way. Hemp in the area is the worst thing that can happen to a marijuana grower, because it cross pollinates with marijuana to make the marijuana much weaker. This is why much marijuana is grown inside.
The first thing a marijuana grower does is to cull all the male plants, because female plants will continue to excrete the resin with its “active ingredients” only until pollinated. So delaying pollination = stronger marijuana.
And both male marijuana and hemp put out a huge amount of pollen contamination. Some years ago, a health food store chain in Tucson set up pollen monitoring stations and provided the data to the local media. By far, throughout the entire year, marijuana pollen was the number one allergen. Finally the city asked them to stop reporting that particular pollen, as it made them look bad.
And this is in an area where there is zero native hemp, so this was just marijuana pollen. Were hemp to be commercially grown there, marijuana would almost have to be grown in an overpressure clean room to escape pollen contamination.
In theory, you are right; the problem is that in practice our personal liberty will be infringed by more of our money being taken to support the stoners when they become unemployable. It will be declared a disease, as they have done with alcoholism, and they'll get to mooch off of us for life!
Personal liberty must be accompanied by personal responsibility.
What a waste. Gimme the güt schït.
No doubt this will soon be a top seller at the medi-juana shops in cali.
[ Next thing you know theyll invent sugar thats not sweet........... ]
They already have it and the government sub sidizes it, it is called corn syrup....
High fructose or otherwise it is crap compared to beet sugar.
[ I am for legalization of marijuana but from a stand point of personal liberty.
In theory, you are right; the problem is that in practice our personal liberty will be infringed by more of our money being taken to support the stoners when they become unemployable. It will be declared a disease, as they have done with alcoholism, and they’ll get to mooch off of us for life!
Personal liberty must be accompanied by personal responsibility. ]
I am for legalization of (some) drugs if it occurs along side the criminalization of state welfare programs.
What’s the point of it?
There’s a very good reason for that. There has long been a strong, if somewhat convoluted, moralist (as opposed to “moral”) rationale for this. Simply put, they abhor the idea of pleasure without concomitant pain. It goes all the way back to the deviants who practiced “mortification of the flesh”.
It crops up again and again in the western world, and figures mightily in the zeitgeist of “control freaks” like Mayor Bloomberg, banner of Slurpees.
I actually proved this theory with the help of a friend who vanity published an “everything you ever wanted to know about abused drugs” book.
As a ha-ha, we decided to design a (fake) drug which would be “perfectly immoral”, as well as “perfectly harmless”. Maximum naughty pleasure with zero bad side effects or consequences. We imagined it, then he put it in a later edition of his book.
In effect, it was “super Viagra plus”, before Viagra was invented. But more so. It would cause a gentle euphoria, followed by intense sexual stimulation and loss of all moral constraints. It would also radically increase sexual endurance.
In short, it would turn a person, male or female, into a “horn dog” for up to four days, without fatigue, exhaustion or loss of libido. They would copulate with anyone or anything. Then after a solid day of sleep, they would wake up happy and fit as a fiddle. With the loss of some fat burned up with all that exercise, and far better muscle tone.
By this definition, to the anti-pleasure moralists, it was close to the ultimate evil.
As spice, we added that the one side effect was an intense and very focused paranoia involving talking about the drug. After using it, users would discontinue the use of other drugs, like heroin, alcohol and tobacco, so they could afford more of it, though it was very rare and hard to obtain. They would not, however, talk about it to anyone outside of their circle of users.
Users would use a crudely drawn graffiti anarchist letter “A” in a circle to communicate with each other. (This has long been a common graffiti.)
About a month after he put out the new edition, a friend noticed a police officer taking photographs of just graffiti letter “A’s”.
We thought this was hilarious until a whole herd of evil looking “biker zombies from Hell” undercover police showed up, waving thick wads of cash to anyone and everyone who could get them some of this drug. They scared the heck out of everyone in the area.
While confirming our theory, we also ended the experiment right there. The author was so frightened that he left the city and lived in an isolated rural trailer for a month.
What are they going to call it? Near Dope? Marijuana 3.2? Almost Heaven? MJ on the Downlow?
It also makes you FAT!
If Mike Bloomberg is so damn hot and bothered on obesity, he should ban HFCS, not real sugar.............
“The author was so frightened that he left the city and lived in an isolated rural trailer for a month.”
So he got the paronia without taking the drug?
The drug was real but you aren’t in the “in group” and you are part of the counter propaganda?
How do we know that the drug wasn’t real but you are in the “in group” and you are part of the counter-counter propaganda?
[ If Mike Bloomberg is so damn hot and bothered on obesity, he should ban HFCS, not real sugar............. ]
The Dim Agribusiness Lobby would Crucify Him!
Safer to go after “big Non-corn Sugar” and “Big Salt”.
Well, what he calls ‘sugar’ is really HFCS. The US soft drink industry quit using sugar decades ago. The local Big Lots and several other store sell Mexican Coca-colas that are still made with pure sugar since they don’t use HFCS in their drinks because it would cost too much. They pay the world price for sugar, we pay the US government price supported cost for sugar. If we paid the world price for sugar, soft drinks would cost even less and 5 pound bag of sugar would cost about a dollar.............
Note: Metric tonne = 2200 lbs.
Nanny staters just love reading comments like that. So you want to ban alcohol? If not, why not? It costs 'society' more than pot. What about fatty foods and large slurpees?
Here's an idea. Why not honor the Tenth Amendment and get the feds out of intrastate pot regulation and let the states decide?
No, I simply want those who self-abuse by risky behaviors to be responsible for their own well-being. I don't want the hand of government in my pocket to help them party or to mitigate the results of their partying.