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.
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.”
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
Feature photo of Raphael Mechoulam and the author photo credit: © 2023 Jeff Eichen
Jeff Eichen was born in California in 1958. Jeff’s family always encouraged The Arts and creativity. Jeff Eichen at 17 studied Photography with Ansel Adams at the Yosemite workshop in 1975. In 1976 Jeff attended the U of O in Eugene Ore, Majoring in Fine + Applied Arts. In 1979 he spent nearly 2 years in the Netherlands as an Exchange Student and Teacher’s assistant in an art school. In 1983 Jeff moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Architectural photography. After meeting Jack Herer in the 90s Jeff began to turn his head in an important direction of the issues surrounding 420 Prohibition. Jeff has made a one-person team film "Lifers Madness The Movie" Staring Baby Landon (Brain Cancer Child of a Canna-Mom), Jeff Mizanskey (21.9yrs a 420POW) and Tommy Chong... www.lifersthemovie.com - Today Jeff is associated with Stephanie Landa (Freedom Grow) and Amy Povah (Can-Do Clemency) and other high profile Prison Reformers. Jeff’s "Legacy" is a committed soul for Justice and ending 420 Prohibition, Teacher, Student of Life, Art Photographer, Dj (World & R&B) and Filmmaker.