“The plant THC mimics compounds found in the brain, named endocannabinoids, which we discovered in 1992 and 1995. These two endogenous brain cannabinoids are of immense importance in the working of our body.”
~ Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, Pioneering Endocannabinoid Researcher
Molecular science re-imagines medical marijuana
History records that cannabis has been in continuous use as a medicinal treatment for nearly 5000 years. Despite the 20th century’s prohibitions, people continued to use cannabis as a therapeutic treatment, reporting unique health benefits.
In the early 1990’s the critical discovery of human endocannabinoids and their role as bio regulators opened vast new research horizons.
Since these discoveries, changes in endocannabinoid levels and/or CB2 receptor expressions have been reported in almost all diseases affecting humans, Today scientists are investigating the potential of more than 80 medically significant cannabis molecules with the potential to modify a vast range of physiological processes. Sophisticated technologies and relaxed barriers to research set the stage for the development of dozens of cannabis-based therapies in the coming decades.
TRANSFORMING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s remarkable medical cannabis CNN feature
Dr. Sanjay Gupta inspired CNN audiences with a journey of discovery that changed his views on the value of medical marijuana. Dr. Gupta’s documentaries mark a significant shift in reporting on the new therapeutic interest in medical cannabis