Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, viewed as the most famous cannabis researcher in the world and a professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem died in Israel at the age of 92.
The news came from acquaintances and colleagues. “This is a very sad day for me, for the science community, and for the cannabis community," said David Meiri, an associate professor at Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology.
Mechoulam has long been regarded as the Father of THC and the pioneer of cannabis research for having discovered and isolated tetrahydrocannabinol in 1963. In the following years, Dr. Mechoulam and his team of researchers went on to successfully study the structure of CBD.
In the 1980s, Dr. Mechoulam claimed that if cannabis was legalized, it could replace up to 20% of all pharmaceutical drugs. He continued to study minor cannabinoids throughout the following decades.
Scientist And A Pioneer
The life of Dr. Mechoulam was immortalized in the documentary "The Scientist." Among his many achievements was the …