Once upon a time, the idea of blending pot and mushrooms together into one pill would seem like the invention of a college drug dealer. Today, this mixture represents the pinnacle of a growing movement that uses natural plants and fungi to treat illnesses that are poorly addressed by current pharmaceutical medicines.
Israeli medical marijuana firm Cannabotech is currently researching how specific blends of cannabinoids, medicinal herbs, and mushrooms could effectively treat a variety of medical conditions. So far, the company has developed five specific blends intended to treat colon cancer, infertility, fatty liver, inflammation, and heart or vascular disease. These products are all currently awaiting clinical trials.”Every cannabis plant has 30-40 cannabinoids that are active in the body and a total of several hundred cannabinoids,” said Cannabotech cofounder and CEO Elchanan Shaked to Globes. “We believe that the secret to the plant’s activity lies in cannabinoids that appear in small quantities in the plant. If you change the ratios between them and increase their concentration in the final product, very high medical effectiveness and unique compounds for treatment of various diseases can be attained.” Shaked told Globes that his company will “use science” to prove that his company’s unique ratios of cannabinoids will prove more effective than ratios found in naturally-grown plants. Other researchers are also currently working to create their own specific blends of cannabinoids to target specific illnesses, but Cannabotech is taking the idea one step further by including mushrooms in the mix.