Article by Canna Lance, Cannabis Life Network
In 1963, Raphael Mechoulam, along with a team of scientific researchers, identified the chemical structure of CBD, and he is often called the “Father of Cannabis” for his role in the discovery and isolation of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in 1964.
In 1992, Raphael Mechoulam along with NIMH researchers Dr. Lumir Hanus and William Devane were credited with the discovery of the first endogenous cannabinoid that occurred naturally. This cannabinoid was called anandamide aka the bliss molecule.
This find led to the discovery of cb1 and the endocannabinoid system. By 1993, cb2 receptors were discovered. The science of cannabis was just getting off to a start. Or was it? Cannabis has been around for thousands of years. Has anyone else made significant discoveries pertaining to cannabis prior to this?
You bet your buds they did!
They just aren’t mentioned as often. The research to learn about these pioneers in the cannabis culture seems to be buried. Fortunately, through the help of the internet, this information is starting to surface and become a bit easier to find. Let’s look at some of cannabis’ earliest researchers and pioneers of science.