Ariel University in Israel has launched the first-ever academic course in medical cannabis, recognized by the Council for Higher Education.

The launch of the first-ever academic course in medical cannabis by Ariel University was proposed and initiated by Dr. Michael Dor, a senior lecturer in health systems at the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dor is also a chief adviser of the Health Ministry, a family medicine specialist and a former senior ministry official.


The course is designed as a second year course for students in the field of “medical administration.” The course lets its students study the history and current status of medical marijuana, its legal background and regulation, the active ingredients, its clinical uses in fields such as psychiatry, cannabis farming and the technologies used to farm the crop, changes in the public view of it, moral dilemmas etc.

According to Dor, the course has very rigorous requirements. He said, 117 students were accepted into the course and so many had to be turned down based on their scores.

Recently, marijuana has been dropping the political baggage it once had, and medical cannabis has been gaining momentum in the medical field.


Even though cannabis is currently illegal in the country, Israel is investing in its agronomic, medical and technological expertise.

American companies have infested $50 million in licensing Israeli medical marijuana patents, cannabis agro-tech start-ups, and other companies that help develop cannabis research.

“I expect it to grow to $100 million in the coming year,” said Saul Kaye, CEO of the Israel-based iCAN medical cannabis research center last March.

“In the United States it’s easier to study heroin than marijuana,” says US psychiatrist Suzanne Sisley, director of Medicinal Plant Research at Heliospectra. Sisley is researching the effects of cannabis on veterans suffering from PTSD, according to Reuters.

“With marijuana you have to go through added layers of government red tape. It highlights the way marijuana research is being shackled by politics,” Sisley said.