The government run Sheba Medical Center is the largest hospital in Israel and is very unique—patients, young and old, consume cannabis oil and cannabis pills on-site. Yaniv Eshed’s 9-year-old son, Aviel, is currently being treated there for bone marrow cancer.
Eshed, who is now a big believer in the medical benefits of marijuana for children, told CNBC that he wishes he had learned about medical marijuana before his son was already six months deep into chemotherapy: “If someone told me at the beginning that there was this option of cannabis, I think I could have saved him a lot of months of pain.”
Medical marijuana is estimated to be a $40 million industry in Israel.
It’s not just children who are turning to medical marijuana in Israel. Grandparents are using it as well. CNBC visited a nursing home called Hadarim in Kibbutz Na’an where patients as old as 103 consume marijuana, in more ways than one: Some ate it in porridge; others took cannabis pills; one patient smoked it out of a pipe; and one even received cannabis injections directly to the stomach.
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