Flowers in the Desert: You Can Grow Your Own Way

Israel pioneering homegrown technology for cannabis.

Feb 27, 2016

With much of the world’s leading research on the potential of cannabis in medicine coming out of Israel, it is no surprise that the tiny Mideast desert nation is home to a budding revolution in the medical cannabis industry: home cultivation technology for patients and parents.

This phenomenon is apparently leading up to the introduction of a digitally programmable, fully enclosed grow unit. This device will automatically adjust its settings for optimal growing, producing consistently repeatable, high-quality results without significant effort or horticultural knowledge.

Act now—supplies are limited

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Currently, only eight farms in Israel are licensed to grow cannabis, which is therefore always in critically short supply. After the lifting removal of the ban on home growing for medical purposes, which some citizens are eagerly anticipating, patients will have the ability to consistently grow a quality crop in a newly developed, compact, self-contained unit.

One key goal of natural health proponents is to empower patients to cultivate strains higher in certain cannabinoid molecules in order to target specific ailments. For example, some conditions respond best to strains with elevated CBD (cannabidiol) content, while in other conditions THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is most effective. Growing at home will also greatly improve convenience for patients and help relieve pain in their wallet by sharply cutting cannabis supply costs.

Green acres is the place to be

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With an automated home grow system, patients can plant a few seeds, relax, and enjoy peace of mind, knowing that no harmful chemicals have been added to their natural medicine. Additionally, they will be able to monitor their crop from start to finish as the plants mature.

Once a grow cycle is complete, patients will be able to effortlessly convert the herb to edible form inside a MagicalButter® machine. The Botanical Extractor™ automatically infuses the phytonutrients from herbs and flowers into butter, alcohol, or any flavored cooking oil. The resulting elixir can then be used in any of a thousand recipes, enriching both body and mind.

Another exciting development is that scientists are making leaps and bounds in nanoparticle technology, potentially multiplying the bioavailability of cannabinoids and terpenoids in the cannabis plant. This new technology will give patients the ability to take a fraction of their current normal dose and achieve the same or even better results. This will allow for more efficient use of the medicines made from their infusions, including drops, salves, balms, oils, and massage lotions.

Championing the freedom of the individual

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Currently in Israel, cannabis cultivation is illegal, while possession, sale, and transport have been legal for medical use only—with a license not easily obtained—for the past eight years. Adult discretionary (or “recreational”) use, however, could be made legal if a newly elected politician gets his way. Yinon Magal, who is famous for admittedly smoking cannabis, sponsored the legislation, which is likely to enjoy widespread support among other legislators and voters. Magal said after his election that “legalization of cannabis is connected to freedom of the individual.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Until then, home growers are at risk of arrest and prosecution, even if police are said to be lenient of late and not devoting excessive resources to the pursuit of cannabis cultivators. Thanks to automated home growing systems, patients will need to dedicate only a very small footprint in their house or apartment in order to create beautiful, robust plants discreetly and effortlessly. Light, water, nutrients, and air circulation are all digitally controlled with utmost precision, making it easy even for those without a “green thumb” to achieve predictably excellent results every time. This is a dynamic advancement, and, hopefully, as these new technologies become available in Israel, the rest of the world will catch on as well.

Long time coming

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We in the cannabis community owe a great debt of gratitude and respect to the Israeli scientists who have pioneered this work. Incredibly, their journey began over half a century ago with Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., who is today revered as the “grandfather of cannabis research”. We are very fortunate for the discoveries Dr. Mechoulam and others have unearthed so far about the medical miracle plant and shared with a suffering, drug-drenched world. We can only hope that this knowledge will be embraced by professionals in other countries and other scientists. Perhaps soon, laws will no longer forbid cannabis research, and there will instead be laws in place to prevent people from interfering with it.

Those opposed would do well to imagine a family member is very ill and would benefit from taking medical cannabis regularly to avoid addictive opioids and their zombifying side effects. Keeping up the necessary supply of medicine can be a challenge—and can also become insanely expensive. With an automated home grow system, a patient or parent will be able to grow plants easily and consistently, without overburdening their budget.

We are living in exciting times. It will definitely be fascinating to see where the technology will take us as we explore and discover more fully the wonders of our endocannabinoid system.

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Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to an edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.

Feb 27, 2016