Professor Raphael Mechoulam: A ‘giant’ of cannabis science whose groundbreaking work was Nobel Prize-worthy
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Professor Raphael Mechoulam, widely regarded as the ‘father of cannabis research’, died last week at the age of 92. We reflect on his pioneering work and the ‘irreplaceable’ loss and legacy he leaves behind. Professor Raphael Mechoulam, one of the pioneers of cannabis science, passed away on Thursday 9 March at his Jerusalem home, aged 92. The news was shared with the world on Friday 10 March in an obituary published by the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), of which Mechoulam was a founding member. “It is with great sadness we report the passing of Raphael Mechoulam, PhD, Raphi,” the statement said. “Raphi’s work paved the way for so much of the research of our Society’s Members and formed the cornerstone of knowledge leading to seminal discoveries on the endocannabinoid system. It cannot be overstated his significance in the many decades since his early discoveries.” The news has left many reflecting on the impact of a career spanning almost six decades and a perseverance that has seen millions of patients benefit as a result. Who was Professor Mechoulam? Mechoulam was a leading Israeli chemist and researcher, best known for his pioneering work in the field of cannabis. Born in Bulgaria in 1930, he immigrated with his family to Israel in 1949, where he later studied chemistry. He received his PhD at the Weizmann Institute (1958), with a thesis on the chemistry of steroids. After postdoctoral studies at the Rockefeller Institute in New York, Mechoulam began his cannabinoid experiments in the 1960s in Israel as a professor at the Hebrew University School of Pharmacy. He is widely regarded as the ‘father of cannabinoid research’ due to his ‘groundbreaking’ discoveries including that of the first endocannabinoids, which laid the foundation for the understanding of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) as we know…
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