Scientists Create Marijuana Strain That Doesn’t Make Users High

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Photo: A7nubis (CC)

“Why?”, you might well ask. The answer via AFP/Yahoo News:

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.

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, 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 Israeli law, which outlaws the use of marijuana as illegal except for medical purposes….

[continues at AFP/Yahoo News]


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20 Comments on "Scientists Create Marijuana Strain That Doesn’t Make Users High"

  1. founding dude | May 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm |

    its called ditch weed or hemp, what a waste of money.

    • lol
      interesting convo on this:

  2. Useless product, or nearly so… same w/ the article. So Disinfo is handing out Yahoo! News now?
    /all for legalization of Nature
    //Marinol’s crap, too

  3. Liam_McGonagle | May 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm |

    Why not?  These scientists have changed their sails to precisely capture the prevailing cultural winds.  Today we have:
    1.  Anti-terrorist campaigns that encourage recruitment of new terrorists
    2.  Fiscal austerity measures that bankrupt treasuries
    3.  Employer incentive programmes that destroy their customer bases
    4.  Corporate regulation that encourages fraud
    5.  Food production systems that yield calories but no nutrition
    6.  Health care systems that leaves society sicker
    7.  Political parties that nominate candidates that nobody likes
    8.  Churches that victimize their adherents
    9.  An education system that penalizes actual thought
    So why not pot that can’t get you high?
    I’m so inspired by this trend that I think I’ll start a new type of pornography that doesn’t arouse anyone.  It’s sure to make me a millionaire.

    • charlieprimero | Jun 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

       Ha!  All true Liam.

    • Welcome to the Good Ol’ US of A, where the Gov’t will do whatever it wants and give the Bill to the People while distracting them with “bright shiny things” and “new toys to play with”.

      Keep saying “We are Free, We are Free”, slave, and get back to work and pay your taxes to corrupt private banks destroying the currency and multi-national corporations that own the Gov’t. This crap isn’t free, and neither are you. Give me your gun, get your head down and Shut TF UP, slave. It’s all for your benefit, right? The Gov’t works for you, right?

      Yeah, right. Welcome to 1984 again. Check your TSA Shock-bracelet and RFID chip implant before take-off. Hope you didn’t forget to go through the radiation blaster, sorry, scanner, so we can protect you from all those “bad” people trying to terrorise you. That’s our job! We’re better at it.

      OK, rant over. If only there was a non-toxic substance that could help me relax…

  4. mole_face | May 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm |

    First the subjugation of Palestinians, then the bombing of Lebanese ambulances, and now this. Will Israel ever stop unleashing fucked up shit on humanity?

    • this is the straw that breaks the camel. for this they will fall. i also made some food that does not taste good, come buy some.

    • Eric_D_Read | Jun 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

      And Hitler could have prevented all of it. 

  5. last time I checked
    god already created that plant at least 10,000 years ago
    it’s called hemp
    it looks and smells like marijuana
    but has no significant amount of TCH
    in fact, hemp can leave you more sober than before you smoked it

    reminds me of the time when Heisenberg and the Quantum boys
    discover what the Buddha had discovered 2,500 years before they did
    that the whirled is a collection of vibrating particles
    anicha, anicha, anicha

  6. DeepCough | May 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm |

    What’s the point of healing if you can’t feel good, too?

  7. So it basically makes it useless for cancer patients now. 

  8. ??? The CBD’s are the stoniest parts of the mix. That’s what dulls pain, but it’s also what puts you to sleep and makes you into the typical stoned munchie-fiend.

  9. MoralDrift | Jun 1, 2012 at 1:48 am |

    really stupid…..but Odweeds anyone?

  10. Draculoid | Jun 1, 2012 at 1:51 am |

    scientists…you’re doing it wrong.

  11. Anonymous | Jun 1, 2012 at 3:45 am |

    yes us drug users, “suffer” from hunger pangs…. shit i cant wait to stuff my face 

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Jun 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |

      yeh its pretty stupid. Many people with illnesses suffer from loss of appetite. Pot has been shown to give that back to people.

  12. blazequ333n | Jun 1, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    fucken lame is like worse then stress at least it’ll get u some what high but not even a single high really waste of money

  13. Shitty weed has already been around for a long time lol.

  14. Syncroptician | Jun 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm |

    Professional breeders and cannabis scientists in California have been aware of the benefits of CBD-heavy strains for quite some time; these strains have been widely available for patients for over a year.  Some local dispensaries have been educating patients, although I’d like to see the trend grow even more.  There are pros and cons to any strain of cannabis – regardless of THC:CBD ratio – and differing ratios are effective for differing conditions.

    CBD is still psychoactive, although the effects are quite a bit different from its sister compound, THC.  The two work very synergistically to create a typical cannabis high; when THC is removed from the equation, the CBD itself gives little to no mental stimulation (and subsequent fatigue).  However, CBD has marked anti-anxiety properties (comparable to benzodiazepines), anti-inflammatory effects, and varying levels of sedation.

    CBD-heavy cannabis is not “bunk weed” at all, and anyone who’s used it – knowingly or not – would immediately realize the effects.  Though THC is beneficial for its own reasons (not least of which is appetite stimulation), these CBD strains are an important step in understanding the chemistry of the cannabis plant and perhaps even more important as a tool for educating the public that medical cannabis is a genuine and legitimate form of treatment with an often lower side-effects profile than engineered prescription drugs.

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