- 1. According to Professor Raphael Mechoulam "There is no link between legalization and damage to health"
According to Professor Raphael Mechoulam "There is no link between legalization and damage to health"
Professor Raphael Mechoulam is today the hottest name in the cannabis industry and around the world. The Israeli who, in the 60s, was the first to identify THC, (the active ingredient in cannabis). Today he excels in the development of medical cannabis on a global level.
The father of "scientific cannabis"
In 1963, Mechoulam elucidated the structure of Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the most medically relevant compounds found in cannabis. Soon after, he isolated and elucidated the structure of the active component of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in 1964. Almost three decades later, in 1992 and 1995, he isolated and identified the endogenous cannabinoids, Anandamide and 2- AG, which together with specific receptors form the endocannabinoid system - a large biochemical endogen. It is the system found in the brain and peripheral organs that participates in a wide range of physiological functions.
"Our body would not produce such a substance whose properties are similar to those of cannabis if it does not need it!" says Professor Raphael Mechoulam, the first scientist to recognize THC.
Although the discovery of THC was in collaboration with Prof. Yechiel Geoni, by this time the research spread across borders. In practice, scientists have started to explore the connection between cannabis and the human body. Thus, we recognize this endocannabinoid system. It is an integral part of the nervous system in the body, including the brain and the spinal cord. The teacher's recent discoveries concern the other major component of cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol)
Cannabis is changing the world of medicine
“The studies of the last 50 years began with the discovery of the medical benefits on which cannabis is based, which can change the medical world! "He says, explaining why it all started in the study of cannabis.
“This substance dates back to the time of the Assyrians and through other periods of history. We see how it has been used as a pain medicine and for healing. After they did it for cocaine and morphine, I thought there was no reason we weren't studying cannabis. "
The most familiar story that is even the subject of his new film ("The Scientist") is based on his professional work. Especially when he received a piece of hashish from the police to carry out the first research on cannabis in Israel.
“The director of the Institute was friendly with the commander of the city police. When I asked him to provide me with such a quantity of substance, the police commander invited me to have coffee in order to obtain some. I took the cannabis on the bus, and the passengers did not understand the smell that was there in my bag.
Another funny story is his first experience of using cannabis. He asked his wife to bake a cake with THC and ate it with his colleagues
“We laughed endlessly, the other started talking more and more, as she took it, and the third gave us panic attacks, thinking she was losing control. Only I was throwing in a way, in a high high, ”he said.
The connection between cannabis and the human body
Although the future of medical cannabis is guaranteed, Professor Meshoulam believes the process is still too slow:
"When insulin was invented, within six months it was already in use the same day, a pharmaceutical use nowadays means that once we find a solution to diseases, they will not be put into use. work in the field, only after many years. Everyone talks about the benefits of progress, but there are also gaps. ”-“ The urgency is to promote research that arises from the importance of the endocannabinoid system in the body and its relationship to cannabis. "-" In the 80s were able to find in our body the receptors activated by cannabinoids ", says Mechoulam, referring to the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2 which are responsible for the absorption of the components cannabis and its convertible effect on the mind and body.
“Our body wouldn't produce such a material which has properties similar to cannabis if it doesn't need it,” he adds - “I believe that if we can break this system, we will find that it affects all types of diseases, because we see its traces in many places in the body. "
His cannabis theories confirm what consumers think. The plant must be (and is) part of the daily diet of man.
Alcohol & cigarettes are more dangerous than cannabis
Mechoulam talks about the new medical cannabis reform in Israel. This includes building a manufacturing and supply chain - farms (which have been licensed), manufacturing facilities and pharmacies - and "we hope this new layout will be easier for patients. "
“Cannabis use is very prevalent due to these cancer pain effects in people with Parkinson's and Tourette's syndrome who are receiving treatment,” he says.
Mechoulam also addressed the issue of legalization, he does not seem to be too opposed to it:
“It has been shown that there is no link between damage to health and legalization,” he said. “We have already seen that alcohol and cigarettes cause damage to health and strain on the liver, while cannabis is illegal. I don't have a clear opinion on whether cannabis should be permitted by law in the event of social need. This is another question quite unrelated to me. "
Next month he will be 86 years old. An age at the rate of the recommendations and invitations it receives. In particular to speak at conferences all over the world and to collect numerous prizes. When asked if he will also receive the Nobel Prize, Mechoulam says:
“We have a lot of work to do, but I believe that in a year, it will be possible to prove the importance of this discovery. I believe that if the study ends and money is invested in it, in ten years then it will be possible to speak of a Nobel Prize. "
Raphael Mechoulam prepares to intervene in Colorado
Mechoulam is scheduled to speak at the first CSU-Pueblo Conference. It will take place on April 28-30, 2017, at the newly formed Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR).
“I couldn't be prouder of our hard work and willingness to move forward with the Institute. This is already bearing fruit by attracting the attention of a renowned researcher like Prof. Mechoulam at CSU-Pueblo »Dixit, the President of the institute, Lesley Di Mare
His main contributions to the field of cannabis components are advances in the discovery of endogenous cannabinoids. Those found in the brain and in peripheral organs, such as the kidneys, lungs, etc. He has published widely on their pharmacological activities, and his research has been cited over 40 times.