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(CTN News) – In medicinal cannabis research and prescriptions, Israel is the global leader.

Since 1999, doctors have been able to legally provide it to their patients, and now Israel imports more cannabis for medicinal purposes than any other nation in the world.

Out of over 30,000 physicians, there are only about 100 who are authorized to prescribe it, and there is still a great deal of resistance among medical experts to work with it.

Dismissiveness is common. They reject its medicinal promise in favor of focusing only on its capacity to change consciousness when used recreationally.

Even though one in 73 Israelis, or more than 123,000 people, are presently permitted to have their doctors prescribe cannabis, this is the case. According to official statistics, they each ingested 4.7 tonnes of cannabis in December 2022.

But marijuana is still not taught in Israeli medical schools. Older physicians are often cautious, while new doctors graduate with little knowledge of cannabis.

Yossi Tam, a professor, wants to alter that. He wants more research, prescriptions, and patient and physician knowledge of the medications.

Raphael Mechoulam, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s professor of medicinal chemistry and the man commonly regarded as the founder of cannabis study for his groundbreaking work over 55 years, was his primary teacher.

The physical course that teaches and grants physicians the right to prescribe cannabis was created by Prof. Tam, who directs his lab at Hebrew University and is researching cannabinoid-based therapies.

Along with Prof. Mechoulam and Prof. Yakir Rottenberg, he has now established a virtual course designed to increase the understanding of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals regarding cannabis research, therapies, and practices.

Nobody in medical school, neither in Israel nor anywhere else, is taught about cannabis. Doctors are unaware of how cannabis affects the body and how it targets certain receptors, according to the doctor.

Cannabis may treat many conditions, but physicians are not given any information about the possibilities, potential side effects, or interactions with other medications.

He claims that when learning how to treat Parkinson’s disease, physicians learn about dopamine, the brain’s “feel good” neurotransmitter, but not about cannabis and cannabinoids, which are well-established remedies.

The roughly 100 chemicals in cannabis that impact our body and brain are cannabinoids. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which causes the psychoactive effects, is the most well-known.

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He and colleagues developed a physical course for medical professionals in Israel to pass to be authorized to prescribe cannabis in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.

The Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid Research (MCCR) at The Hebrew University offers a 40-hour training that qualifies medical professionals to prescribe cannabis when they complete it and pass a Ministry of Health test.

Moreover, Prof. Tam wants all medical professionals to be aware of the advantages of medicinal cannabis. He wants more physicians to enroll in the prescription course.

Greater knowledge will encourage cannabis to become, in the opinion of many clinicians, a first line of defense in situations where there is a clear therapeutic benefit.

Only Israel’s physical training program enables Israeli physicians to provide cannabis prescriptions.

However, the online course, known as EduCann, is a platform for education available to anybody with a global interest in medicinal cannabis, according to Prof. Tam.

“We provide consumers with historical context about cannabis, explain the many medicinal potentials of cannabis, as well as its adverse effects, medication interactions, and fresh research updates.

“The online course we offer is available to everyone interested in learning more, not only medical professionals.”

It takes the shape of more than a dozen films to meet the demands of Latin American nations, including Cannabis and Cancer, Cannabis and Pain, Cannabis and Children’s Diseases, and Cannabis and Gastrointestinal Conditions. These films are accessible in both English and Spanish.

“However, in the roughly 50 years that people have been using cannabis, we have learned that it can help treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy, spasticity symptoms related to multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, epilepsy, and autism.

Therefore, there is much room for using cannabis to treat all of these illnesses. And I’m sure there are many more, but to learn more, we must make significant financial investments in research.

“This course will increase the use of medicinal cannabis and its progress, providing patients and medical professionals with the advantages of cannabis therapies.

According to Dr. Itzik Goldwaser, CEO of Yissum, the technology transfer business for Hebrew University, “Yissum is pleased with this initiative and looks forward to the course’s inevitable expansion.”

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