Tikun Olam R&D; Dep.
Tikun Olam spearheads many studies which examine the application of its exclusive products for treating various diseases.
The team of Tikun Olam researchers and scientists is led by Chief Scientist Prof. Zvi Bentwich - a senior AIDS researcher, member of Physicians for Human Rights Organization and one of the first doctors who treated patients with medical cannabis in Israel.
Headed by the Research Manager, Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, PhD student in the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Research Department maintains strong partnerships with leading institutions:
• The Hebrew University
• Tel Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center
• Laniado Hospital
• The Edith Wolfson Medical Center
• Soroka University Medical Center
• Meir Medical Center
Reducing pain, regulating appetite, inducing sleep, instilling a feeling of serenity and a variety of other positive effects reported by patients who have used medical grade Cannabis,
may benefit those suffering from many diseases, their families and the entire medical system.
Cannabis as medicine is a low cost, readily available and safe solution, because it is agreed that Cannabis is one of the safest medical products known to and produced by mankind.
The purpose of Tikkun Olam is to expand the pool of studies both in the area of effectiveness and in the area of safety, and to examine the effects of Tikkun Olam's exclusive products on as large a variety of diseases as possible and to match each disease with the product and strain which are right for it as far as the compositions and concentration of the active ingredients.
In the course of Tikkun Olam's many joint efforts with various hospitals and academic institutes, studies are conducted on tissue and cell cultures, on animals and clinical trials on humans, for example:
The Hadarim Project
A longitudinal within-group study, conducted in Hadarim, a seniors' nursing home in Kibbutz Na'an,
examines the effect that Cannabis consumption has on gaining weight, daily calorie intake, sleep, medication usage and blood level nutrition markers in elderly residents.
With regular treatment, senior citizens of the ages checked, their weight decreases, their levels of hemoglobin drop, the quantity of their medications continually increases and their sleep is irregular.
Following treatment with Cannabis (administered through swallowing powder, oil or through the use of a vaporizer)
we have found an increase in weight, an increase in the daily calorie intake, an increase in quantity and quality of sleep, a stabilization of hemoglobin levels and a decrease in the use of medication such as: painkillers, anti-anxiety pills and antidepressants.