Raphael Mechoulam, professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, began “reading on cannabis and planning some limited amount of work on it” in 1962. The work turned out to be limitless. Over the course of 50 years Mechoulam has participated in a remarkable number of cannabis-related achievements. He and his colleagues isolated and elucidated the chemical structure of THC, CBD, and many other plant cannabinoids (a term Mechoulam himself coined). They did the same for the endogenous cannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG. They figured out the steps by which these compounds are synthesized in the body and exert their effects by activating receptors. Their accomplishments have dramatically advanced cannabinoid sciences. Learn what may be next in cannabis research.
During the first week of July 2018, five-hundred-and-thirty-five delegates from five continents met at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands for the 28th annual symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS). The four-day conference showcased recent scientific discoveries about cannabis components and various ways of targeting the endocannabinoid system to improve health outcomes.
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common – and potentially fatal – complication following bone marrow and solid organ transplants. This life threatening condition can also occur after a patient receives a blood transfusion or other forms of transplanted tissue from a genetically different person.
The 27th meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society conference convened with over four hundred scientists presenting new research findings on a wide range of topics, including CBD and the endocannabinoid system. Read more about we learned about CBD and blood pressure, full-spectrum extracts, and medical use.
The 2016 meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society focused on the latest research in cannabinoid studies and the endocannabinoid system.