Raphael Mechoulam, Discoverer Of THC, Has Passed Away At 92

28 March 2023


 March 28, 2023
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The Loss Of An Icon

Raphael Mechoulam, a renowned Israeli chemist who was known for his groundbreaking research on cannabis has sadly passed at the age of 92, according to American Friends of the Hebrew University and NPR.

Mechoulam is credited with the discovery of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. He spent his entire career in Israel as a researcher, and his work helped to shape our understanding of the plant and its effects on the human body.

Raphael Mechoulam’s discovery of THC was a major breakthrough in the field of cannabis research and paved the way for further study into the medical uses of the plant. His death at the age of 92 is mourned by those in the scientific community and beyond as a loss of a pioneer in the field of cannabis research.

Professor Raphael Mechoulam, who began his research in the 1960s, has been nominated for more than 25 academic awards including the Heinrich Wieland Prize (2004), an honorary doctorate from Complutense University (2006), the Israel Prize in Exact Sciences – Chemistry (2000), the Israel Chemical Society Prize for excellence in research (2009), and the EMET Prize in Exact Sciences – Chemistry (2012). He is a founding member of both the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines and the International Cannabinoid Research Society. Additionally, in 1994 he was elected as a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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