The plantation, a government approved medical marijuana farm in the hills above Safed is at the forefront of medical marijuana research. Among the plants grown there, one strain is said to have the strongest psychoactive effect in the world. Others, known for anti-inflammatory benefits have no psychotropic affects whatsoever.
The response from local residents, among the first to line up for the tour, has been overwhelming. Company officials could not be reached so it remains unclear as to how long the tours will continue to operate.
Israeli researchers say that cannabis can be used to treat a number of diseases and conditions. Cancer patients often use marijuana to ease pain and improve appetite loss. It is also being prescribed for various neurological conditions and PTSD. One of the reasons for Israeli success in the cannabis industry is that Israeli authorities allow growers to work with scientific institutions in clinical trials and development of strains that treat a variety of illnesses and disorders.