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An Israeli Startup Is Developing A Health-Conscious Inhaler for Medicinal Marijuana Patients

Syqe Medical Ltd.’s new invention will allow users to reap the benefits of marijuana, without having to get high

By: Daniel Koren

Published: September 9th, 2014 in Health » Israel

An Israeli Startup Is Developing A Health-Conscious Inhaler for Medicinal Marijuana Patients

In our interview with Neil Closner, CEO of Canadian cannabis supplier MedReleaf, on Canada’s new marijuana regulations, he explained why specifically they decided to partner with Israel’s largest medicinal marijuana provider, Tikkun Olam.

“We came to learn about Tikkun Olam because they’re considered a worldwide leader in the industry,” he said. “They are cutting edge, and that’s what lead us to work with them because of their reputation, their expertise and the unique strains they offer. They are the largest government approved grower in Israel and the first to be approved. They also have a dominant market share there, and have treated over 8,000 patients, so having that experience in terms of treating people is something we really wanted to leverage here in Canada as there is such a lack of adequate understanding in terms of the benefits of medicinal marijuana.”

Having said that, it was hardly a surprise to learn today of an Israeli startup (which is backed by the government) called Syqe Medical Ltd. which is developing a tiny inhaler that will be particularly useful for medicinal marijuana patients, especially those in Canada.


Photo Credit: Josh Mitnick for The Wall Street Journal

Because medicinal marijuana is still a fairly new enterprise, doctors have yet to be properly vetted on what amounts of marijuana to prescribe for patients with specific ailments, what strands, etc. As such, many patients who had never tried marijuana before often get inordinately high, and are therefore unable to function normally.

With Syqe’s technology, however, the Israeli government wants to give this new hand-held inhaler to doctors across the country, as a way to prescribe patients to begin with incredibly small doses. In fact, they start off with as small as one milligram of weed, allowing the patient to discover a method of reaping the medicinal effects of marijuana at their own pace, without having to get high.

While it’s a 16-year-old’s worst nightmare, it’s certainly a breath of fresh air for inexperienced pot users.

“We are directly manipulating the human psyche in a very precise manner,” said Syqe Medical Lt.d founder and chief executive Perry Davidson in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Davidson has been active member of Israel’s growing medicinal marijuana industry, which now boasts 20,000 public sanctioned users.

“A physician could prescribe a custom-tailored, individualized treatment for that patient, and not have a hit or a miss, but a very close hit on the accurate dosing that the patient required,” he added.

Sqye Medical Ltd. is looking to raise $10 – $15 million in the coming months before bringing the inhaler to hospitals in Israel. According to Davidson, the country is at the “forefront” of discovering the medicinal implications of this very fascinating narcotic.

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