Killjoy Scientists Have Bred the Fun Out of Medical Marijuana

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Weed is a double-edged sword. On one hand, its cannabidiol (CBD) compounds ease the symptoms of many diseases. On the other, its tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds produces feelings of euphoria and calm. Luckily, the Tikkun Olam company has figured out how to strip those nasty THC side effects while retaining the CBD's healing properties. Um, thanks?

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The Maariv Daily reports that the Tikkun Olam company has bred a strain of marijuana that maximizes the plant's CBD production while minimizing its THC levels. Basically, they've bred the ultimate Indica strain.

"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 weed leaves you so sober and munchieless, he continued, "Many of our patients who tried the new plant come back to us and say: 'You tricked me," thinking they'd been given a placebo.

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Don't expect this to be the lynch pin for repealing weed's Schedule 1 status, mind you. America's drug laws are not as easily unravelled as Dave Chapelle would lead you to believe. [Physorg via Geekosystem - Image: Kesu/Shutterstock

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Rather than jumping into one of the current discussions, I want to thank Gizmodo for putting the time into an article that actually addresses more than just "Getting stoned to feel better" and helps to inform others about the CBD and CBNs contained in marijuana and their uses.

As a medical patient with epilepsy I know the benefits myself very well, but for 90% of the people I speak to I get a blank stare when trying to explain the other beneficial facets of the plant.

Truthfully, I would gladly smoke/ingest a THC stripped/CBD enhanced strain as it will leave you much more functional during the day, it's a big helper for anxiety disorders as well as the more severe neurological ones, my best description for the effect of the CBDs; It makes you feel like a normal person if you have high anxiety issues, not stoned, not tired, not silly, just socially functional and happy to be that way.