Summary: The Ministry of Health in Israel is considering the exemption of nearly all 140 active ingredients in cannabis from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, with the exception of THC, the psychoactive component. This move is aimed at ensuring safer cannabis products for the Israeli public.
Major Changes in Cannabis Regulation in Israel: All Cannabinoids But THC Are Safe
The CEO of the Ministry of Health of Israel, Moshe Bar Siman Tov, has established a professional committee to examine the exemption of almost all 140 active ingredients found in cannabis from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. This comes in light of the previous government’s decision to exempt CBD, known for its many medicinal properties, from the ordinance, a decision that was later revoked.
The main active ingredient that will be examined is CBD, attributed with anti-inflammatory properties. It can assist in treating depression, intestinal diseases, and other issues and is included worldwide in various cosmetics and food supplements. However, the committee will not consider the use of THC, the psychoactive ingredient known to produce a “high.“.
In the appointment letter issued by CEO Bar Siman Tov, he defined the committee’s roles, including recommending appropriate regulatory, testing, and enforcement mechanisms for products or substances that are not recommended to remain classified as “dangerous drugs.” This includes determining levels of non-contamination that contain THC and any other cannabinoid that is recommended to be included and remain under the ordinance.
The committee will hear from numerous experts, including patient representatives, and is expected to submit its recommendations by January 1, 2024.
It should be noted that the previous government had already decided to exempt CBD from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, but the decision was canceled when it fell. The current committee has been given the mandate to recommend the exemption of almost all 140 active ingredients in the green plant, except for the “intoxicating” substance. If this happens, it will be great news for the cosmetics and food supplement industry in Israel.
And we would like to know what will be the status of synthetic cannabinoids, such as HHC and whether or not Delta-8 THC will be regarded as THC or not (however, knowing Israel, we can predict that both psychoactive cannabinoids won’t be included in the safe list…).
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