RIP Father of Cannabis Research

May 17, 2024

Raphael Mechoulam, the ‘father of cannabis research’ who discovered THC, has died at age 92. Among Mechoulam's contributions to the field of marijuana studies was the first isolation of the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. His work earned him the nickname "father of cannabis research."

Despite the controversy over its use in the second half of the 20th century, humans have been using cannabis for millennia. Dr. Raphael and his team published findings which led to analysis providing the first ever physical evidence of cannabis use in the ancient Middle East — 4th-century Rome that is.

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rendering of Raphael Mechoulam, the ‘father of cannabis research’