Israeli cannabis manufacturer Univo has begun importing cannabis grown by leading international company Canopy Growth in Lesotho. Last week Univo imported a relatively small amount of cannabis to Israel and based on the results of testing for its quality plans to import 500 kilograms. Univo's deal is with a local Lesotho subsidiary of Canopy Growth. The Lesotho cannabis complies with Israeli Ministry of Health standards for medical cannabis but judging by their names - Jack Herrer, Super Lemon Haze, White Rhino, and The Doctor Flower Bomb Kush - some are prevalent on international recreation markets.
These strains have high THC content, the ingredient in cannabis that gets users high. This category is in relative short supply in Israel.In the future, Univo may bring these products to Israel for processing in order to export them on to the European market.
The company also announced that it has received approval to import 208 kilograms of Minerva inflorescences from Canada. This is a unique type of cannabis that is cultivated indoors and fetches a higher price than cannabis grown in greenhouses.
Univo will process these inflorescences in its factory, and market them in Israel. The company is paying about NIS 2 million for the Canadian cannabis.Only one other company - Cannasure - has approval to sell this product in Israel.Univo is the first medical cannabis company to embark on commercial operations in the Israeli market as part of the new arrangements.