By / December 26, 2019

Do cannabis and mushrooms work better together?

In the past, the idea of combining cannabis and mushrooms could only come from drug dealers. Currently, this plan is the most normal thing in the world for a new, growing movement of pharmacists.

An emerging player in this sector is Cannabotech from Israel with a movement that uses natural plants and fungi to treat diseases, especially diseases that react badly to regular drugs.

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Pharmaceutical startup studies the benefits of cannabis and mushrooms

Cannabotech is a pharmaceutical startup that develops cannabinoid-based healthcare products. Thus, the company’s primary focus is on the beneficial properties of cannabis.

“Each cannabis plant has 30 to 40 cannabinoids that are active in the body. There are several hundred in total,” said Cannabotech co-founder and CEO Elchanan Shaked. “We believe the secret of the plant’s activity lies in cannabinoids, which occur in small amounts. If you change the relationships between them and increase their concentration in the final product, a very high medical effectiveness for the treatment of various diseases can be created.”

Many people see the future of medical cannabis in the manual composition of different cannabinoid profiles.

Currently, a lot of research is being done on two cannabinoids that are most common in the plant: THC and CBD. But Shaked pointed out that there are many more cannabinoids, each with their own beneficial properties.

Cannabotech uses cannabis and mushrooms to fight certain conditions

A scientist representing combining cannabis and mushrooms
Cannabotech seeks the combination of cannabis and mushrooms that allows it to treat specific diseases. (Source)

Once the action of all those cannabinoids has been figured out, science can look for specific combinations that work optimally for certain conditions. Cannabotech is fully committed to this.

The company wants to show that manually selected cannabinoid ratios are more effective than the ratios in naturally grown plants. But that’s not the only thing the company is focusing on.

Cannabotech goes a step further by combining the active ingredients from mushrooms and other plants and fungi with cannabinoids. To date, the company has developed five specific cannabis and mushroom blends to treat colorectal cancer, infertility, fatty liver, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease. These products are all currently awaiting clinical trials.

Combining cannabinoids with fungi

“Penicillin comes from a fungus,” explained Shaked. “The benefits of mushrooms and other fungi have been studied for thousands of years.”

Prof. Solomon Wasser has been researching cannabis and mushrooms at the University of Haifa for decades. He has huge libraries of mushroom ingredients and information on treatment, along with other ingredients.

So far, Cannabotech is limited to non-psychedelic components from mushrooms and fungi. This is remarkable because a growing number of studies prove that psilocybin is very effective in mental disorders.

Recent studies showed that psilocybin helps to overcome treatment-resistant depression, alcoholism, and anxiety.

Will both cannabis and mushrooms be legal in the coming years?

a mushroom representing cannabis and mushrooms
Mushrooms have recently been proven to help in cases of addiction and depression prompting more research. (Source)

There are even studies that look at whether psychedelic fungi treat anorexia. Researchers are also looking for ways to get patients out of comas with cannabis and mushrooms.

These studies are so serious that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is conducting clinical trials. They will probably lead to the legalization of psychotherapy with psilocybin in the coming years.


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