So long Mary J, Hello Mary Amaka as scientists invent ‘weed without the high’

by Chi Ibe

This should be good news to all although some might moan about it. Scientists in Israel have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn’t get people stoned or high anymore.

This is a new development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purpose. 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.

Although critics are of the notion that “if it’s not Mary J, it can’t be the same thing as Mary J,” Tzahi Klein, head of development at Tikkun Olam, the firm that developed the species has said 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. “Many of our patients who tried the new plant come back to us and say: ‘You tricked me,'” because they assumed they had been given a placebo,” he said.

According to Maariv, Tikkun Olam sought to neutralise the effect of the THC and to increase the effect of another substance called CBD, or cannabidiol aka Mary Amaka, which has been shown to help diabetics and to ease various psychiatric disorders.

Not only does it leave users stone-cold sober, it also doesn’t induce the munchies, the hunger pangs that the drug’s smokers generally suffer.

Despite the innovation, it is unlikely to have any impact on Nigerian law, which outlaws the use of marijuana as illegal probably even for medical purposes.

Source Yahoo News.

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