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Experts: "Medical cannabis reform is cut off from reality"

Despite the explicit promise of Health Ministry director general Moshe Bar Siman Tov from a radio interview with Israeli cannabis experts, cancer researcher Prof. Dadi Meiri and pain doctor Dr. Barkat Shiff. "The medical cannabis reform is completely divorced from reality and is not based on scientific evidence," they concluded.

Last week, the Director General of the Ministry of Health succeeded Moshe Bar Siman Tov To infuriate many, when he claimed In an interview with Army Radio That "many of the cannabis patients are criminals."

In the course of the interview, Bar Siman Tov repeated his remarks from the Health Committee discussion held a short while ago, stating that contrary to the claims presented by the patients, the planned reform in the field of medical cannabis does not harm them.

After he scoffed at the knowledge of the program's announcer, Reno Tsror, he was invited by Tzror to return to the radio on Sunday to talk to experts in the field, but as many expected despite his promise, Decided not to appear.

Since he himself did not appear, only the two experts summoned to confront him - Prof. Dedi Meiri and Dr. Barkat Schiff - came up to speak. "He gathered inside himself and fled for his life," said Zror.

"Reform is detached from reality and without scientific support"

Prof. Meiri, director of the Cancer Research Laboratory at the Technion, who has been running the largest cannabis laboratory in Israel in recent years, said that the reform planned by the Health Ministry is disconnected from reality and not based on science.

"The facts are that the cannabis plant is very complex, contains over 144 Cannabinoids In the plant, "he explained. "The problem with the reform is that they chose to treat only two cannabinoids, THC and-CBD, Instead of treating everyone. "

According to the professor, each species contains a different combination of components, so each strain has a different effect. "The decision to transform this into THC and CBD relationships and to erase the uniqueness of each strain is completely divorced from reality and has no scientific support."

In addition to the patients who will lose the varieties that help them, Prof. Meiri says that the new model actually eliminates his and his ability to study and carry out research.

"The Ministry of Health distorted the treatment of cannabis"

Dr. Barkat Shiff, an expert pain doctor, criticized the Health Ministry director general's statement last week that many of the patients were criminals: "If he does not believe patients, he should not be in the health sector, perhaps in the Ministry of Public Security," she said. .

"Our goal is to provide individual therapy that is suitable for every patient," she continued. "When it comes to a subjective syndrome like pain, only the patient can tell what helps him. And if the patient has found a variety that helps him, who is the Ministry of Health who will tell him otherwise? "

As Professor Meiri also Dr. Schiff explained that there are several strains with the same percentages of THC and CBD, but completely different from each other. "The Health Ministry has distorted all cannabis treatment," she said.

"The table with which the Ministry of Health educates pharmacists and doctors in a course is a table that is not based on any scientific principle or research, and that is absolutely terrible," she added. "Destroyed the patient's possibility of reaching the right species for him."

"This will to order by force is something very artificial," she concluded. "They had to let Professor Meiri finish his research, and only then would he decide."

Bar Siman Tov is a former Finance Ministry official who became the first Director General of the Ministry of Health in history, not a doctor by training. Last week 3 senior officials at the Health Ministry filed a complaint against what they called "contemptuous behavior" and "dictatorship."

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