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Rest In Peace Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (The father of Cannabis)

Rest In Peace Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (The father of Cannabis)

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Rest in PEACE Dr. Raphael Mechoulam 1930-2023

The Father of Cannabis has left the building – but not forgotten.

Raphael Mechoulam, considered by many to be the “Father” of cannabis, died today, aged 92, in Jerusalem, Israel.

The OG’s of the Cannabis Hall Of Fame would be remised and possibly never even have been a complete family without the Daddy of them all and my number one vote Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. Alongside Sir Jack Herer, Tommy Chong, Ed Rosenthal, and more, Dr. Mechoulam leads the way in the research department of our Cannabis industry. And I was so proud to meet Sir Dr. Raphael one of my heroes and legends in Pueblo Colorado, in 2017 at The Institute of Cannabis Research. The ICR was established in June 2016 through an innovative partnership between Colorado State University Pueblo, the state of Colorado, and Pueblo County.

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Photo Credit: © 2023 Jeff Eichen

Quote: Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

“My laboratory has worked on the chemistry, pharmacology, and clinical effects of natural products (including cannabis) for over 50 years. We have isolated numerous cannabinoids, including the active constituent of cannabis, delta9-THC, and elucidated its structure. We have also identified endogenous cannabinoids in the pig brain. These fatty acid derivatives, named anandamide and 2-AG, are the agonists of a major new biological system called the endocannabanoid system. Most of my current research focuses on the numerous anandamide-like compounds in the mammalian body, many of which are involved in basic biological reactions, such as bone formation, vasodilation, head trauma, addiction, etc. We have also developed novel cannabinoids and anandamide-like compounds which are being developed as drugs by pharma companies.”


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Photo Credit: © 2023 Jeff Eichen

Without our incredible, brave, and so articulate esteemed Cannabis Heroes, where would our 420 industries and evolving schools of Cannabis be? Dr. Raphael Mechoulam certainly proved and dedicated his life to the demystification of the Reefer Madness herb we all love and know as 420 and yes THC, the molecule Sir Dr. Raphael Mechoulam isolated and for more than 50 years proved his research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The cannabis plant is one of the most beneficial and diverse natural medicinal and industrial plants ever to be in our presence. While there (1960-65), he focused on the isolation, structure elucidation, and total synthesis of the main active components of cannabis.

My Hero-My, Legend, Rest in Peace Sir Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. We TY & Isreal & The cosmic Star-seeds who dropped this wonder plant on our Earth, Hemp Hemp Hooray

Article by Jeff Eichen of Rawmaste® Productions & Goods and 

Feature photo of Raphael Mechoulam and the author photo credit: © 2023 Jeff Eichen

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