"The Scientist" is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel prize nominee Dr. Raphael Mechoulam from his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his emigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world's most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system.
In 1964, professor Mechoulam brought 5 kilograms of hashish to his laboratory at the Weitzmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel and used it to identify the psychoactive component in cannabis, THC. Nearly 30 years after that groundbreaking discovery, Mechoulam ascertained that THC and many other compounds in the plant interact with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system or ECS. Mechoulam and colleagues from the National Institute of Mental Health discovered that the human brain produces its very own cannabis - a chemical that they named anandamide after the Sanskrit word ananda or "bliss." Though still relatively unknown to most researchers, medical professionals and laymen because of the worldwide prohibition of cannabis, the importance of the endocannabinoid system can't be overstated. The ECS system is thought to be involved in nearly every disease state, and this is one reason that cannabis treats so many varied illnesses.
Mechoulam has been persistently investigating this compound longer and more intensively than any other scientist. To date, he has unearthed cannabis's helpful role in treating illnesses as well as its impact on other functions that govern human health, such as the rapidity with which an infant bonds with its mother. He is universally acknowledged as the "father of cannabinoid medicine" yet despite these accolades Mechoulam's name is unknown outside of a small group of researchers.
'Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health'
In this information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal cannabis.