The Scientist and THC
Israel has one of the world’s most advanced medical marijuana programs. Raphael Mechoulam played an active role in setting it up, more than 20,000 patients have a license to use cannabis to treat many conditions, now naturally. After becoming the first scientist to isolate THC, having a long, successful career dedicated to discovering cannabis and its effects on the body, is now being referred to in Israel & the world as the “Grandfather of Cannabis”. This filed was definitely not the easiest route for Mechoulam to take.
He once said:
“The laws in many countries were such that people in academics didn’t want to work in this field,” at all. “Chemists couldn’t get cannabis and biologists had nothing to work with,” so ultimately, funding was non-existent in this field. In 1964, Raphael Mechoulam rode a public bus from Tel Aviv back to his lab at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot while holding 5 kilograms of Lebanese hashish in a plastic bag. He received his Hash— from a police officer who had confiscated it from smugglers. This was to be the first of many over the next 50 years— “Advantages of living in a small country,” the scientist says. Since the inception of his research in the 60s, Professor Mechoulam has been nominated for over 25 academic awards, the most recent being the Rothschild Prize in Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences in 2012. This man alone, has done so much for all our understanding on this beautiful plant – cannabis. He truly opened up ours eyes to the benefits of THC on the human body.
Rapheal opened up the rabbit hole, while the health professionals and medical establishment, were stuck in the old mind set of whether cannabis was medicine. It seems their big issue has always been “The High” cannabis gives you, that won’t allow them to sway their logical reasoning. That high they talk about, is nothing more than nature’s way, of resetting you to be a better version of yourself. To be able to relax mind and body in this day and age, is imperative for our health, but in no way does this high become an argument, to not use this plant for medicinal purposes. The safety profile on this plant does not warrant the illegal status. As a society, we have decided that when using any medication, the goal is for the benefit (reason for use) to outweigh the risks (side effects and/or adverse reactions). The usual side effects that accompany the use of cannabis include an increased appetite, dry mouth, short-term memory loss, relaxation, sedation, red eyes, sense of well-being, light headed, and a mild tachycardia. No one has ever died from cannabis use (THC), but we can point out the massive benefits this molecule can provide.
We know now, that THC has many benefits and here is a small list of conditions that it helps with. For more information on any of these conditions, please go to our studies and references page
- Tourette syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- IBS, IBD, Crohn’s,
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
Cannabis is not a hallucinogen, but users may experience an alteration of time perception and/or an increased sensory perception.