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Israel boosts UK medical cannabis access

BOL Pharma has made history by completing the first shipment of medical cannabis from Israel to the UK.



BOL is reportedly the only Israeli company to comply with international regulations and the first to obtain approval for exporting medical cannabis products, manufactured under strict conditions.

Astral Health, a specialist import and distribution company, brokered a strategic partnership with BOL, which is Israel’s largest and leading manufacturer of GMP (good manufacturing practice) certified medical cannabis products.

The import marks the start of a new era for the UK medical cannabis industry after a period of reliance on irregular and unreliable pharmaceutical grade product coming into Europe from Canada and antiquated systems bringing in product from the Netherlands. “This is truly welcome news and a real breakthrough for the Israeli medical cannabis market,” BOL Pharma CEO Dr. Tamir Gedo said.

“The Israeli cannabis industry has a huge competitive edge in the global arena, compared to many countries trying to enter the cannabis sector.
“Further opening of the market to exports will enable Israel to become a world leader in the coming years.”

This medical cannabis shipment will be used to treat patients in the UK with treatment-resistant epilepsy, and marks the first of many shipments the company will make over the coming months from Israel.

The shipment comes after changes led by the Israeli government in its resolution from January, enabling BOL to operate as a leading exporter of cannabis and its derivatives.

“These are exciting times which symbolise a true breakthrough for the Israeli medical cannabis market,” said Hagai Hillman, BOL Pharma’s founder.

He added that Israel is at the forefront of the life science industry throughout the western world in terms of regulation, research and product development, and quoted BOL’s ongoing “advanced clinical studies for various indications, including pain syndromes, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, gynaecology, autism and paediatric diseases”.

“Harnessing the developing exports will allow us to continue benefiting children and severely ill patients around the world,” he said.

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