It was an honor and privilege to meet such a humble and wise scientist as Dr. Mechoulam. He educated us on the historical path of Cannabis Research, future implications and his thoughts as to where the research will expand.
Mechoulam’s interview was enlightening and fascinating. As the 'Grandfather of Cannabis Research', he has pushed many boundaries and is the Foundation for all modern Cannabis Research. Starting with his experiments with Lebanese Hashish in the 1960’s, he not only isolated but also synthesized and identified the principal psychoactive component of Cannabis, D-9 THC. Further breakthroughs included the discovery of the Endogenous Cannabinoid transmitters, Anandamide and 2-AG and their respective receptors, appropriately named the Cannabinoid 1 and 2 receptors, or for short, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These discoveries led to the elucidation of the Endocannabinoid system as a complete and separate system, yet one that is closely intertwined with almost all of the body’s other systems, especially the Nervous and Immune systems, to regulate homeostasis. The endocannabinoid system controls how we are born and how we die, and in between, how we grow, eat, sleep, remember and forget.