By / April 14, 2020

Israeli cannabis company to stop using radiation as a cleaning method

The new Israeli cannabis company, Kanashur, announced on Monday, April 13th, that it has successfully undergone residue testing for its cannabis, for the first time, without passing the plants through radiation at the Sorek Institute, like all other cannabis products in Israel are forced to pass.

As Israeli producers and growers know, cannabis-based products must be treated with radiation for the purpose of disinfecting and killing bacteria, due to the Health Ministry’s new regulations on microbial cleaning and pesticide cleaning in medical cannabis.

Treating with radiation is mandatory even though it has not been scientifically proven to date that gamma or beta irradiation causes some cannabis or cannabinoid damage, except perhaps some traumatic injury. It is also not possible to state that there is no such damage caused – simply because this topic has not been investigated thoroughly.

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A big achievement for Israel’s cannabis industry

Kanashur cannabis company managed to be the first in Israel to market cannabis that has not been treated with radiation, thanks to its indoor breeding facility. This week, the company received the IMC-GAP standard which allows it to grow cannabis under controlled conditions and not in greenhouses as the majority of other companies are growing cannabis plants.

“The lab results were received for our first growth cycle confirming that it is not necessary to treat it with radiation for disinfection and killing bacteria, in order to meet the quality requirements necessary,” the company said.

“The decision to allow the company not use radiation is due to the fact that Kanashur’s indoor growing facility provides optimal conditions for growth, including optimal temperature, humidity, light, air, water quality control, and compliance with both Israel and Europe quality standards.”

Indeed, from a study conducted last year, it was found that in Canada, for example, companies were forced to treat cannabis with radiation, with the exception of companies that grow it indoors – a method that allows them to maintain clean and sterile growing conditions as required by the standard.

Cannabis patients should not worry more about radiation

The news of the use of radiation to clean medical cannabis has been worrying patients for a long time. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health does not require manufacturers to label the products with the radioactive symbol as is required in food products.

Ran Amir, CEO of Kanashur, said: “We are pleased to give two updates to our methods: the first one is, that after successfully completing the growth and validation of our first indoor batch, we have now received approval. Our indoor breeding and growing facility meet IMC-GAP standard. In addition, the laboratory tests we performed in the cannabis inflorescence revealed that they are not required to be treated with radiation for bacterial and microorganism killing. ”

He added: “We hope that this will be the case in all the company’s cannabis growth cycles. Complying with the IMC-GAP standard is the final step towards obtaining a final license for commercial growth. The final license will allow the company to commence commercial sales of these new indoor cannabis products, originated from the indoor breeding, growing and processing at our manufacturing facility. At the same time, Kanashur began commercial production at the brand’s production facility based on greenhouse-derived inflorescences.”


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