The incredible story of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the scientist who discovered the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), is brought to life in a fascinating new documentary.
Dr. Mechoulam has been called one of the most influential scientists of our time, and his work revolutionized our understanding of how our bodies naturally respond to cannabis. A professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he was the first researcher to isolate both of the two main active components of cannabis — THC and CBD — back in 1964. His team went on to discover the human body’s own natural cannabinoid system — henceforth known as the ECS — in 1992.
The ECS is responsible for regulating a variety of physiological processes, including pain perception, inflammation, appetite, sleep patterns, memory formation and more. It’s made up of endocannabinoids (the cannabinoids found naturally within our bodies) and their receptors spread throughout our organs and cells. Research into this complex system has opened up an exciting new chapter in medical science, with implications for treating a range of medical conditions from epilepsy to cancer.
The documentary follows Dr Mechoulam’s journey from early research trials with cannabis through to his current research into unlocking even more potential therapeutic applications for this versatile plant medicine. In addition to revealing never-before-seen footage from clinical studies, it also follows Dr Mechoulam around his adopted home city of Jerusalem as he visits some of his closest friends and colleagues. The documentary paints an intimate portrait of an extraordinary scientist who continues to break ground with each astonishing discovery he makes about cannabis and its engagement with the human body’s endocannabinoid system.
In this riveting documentary, viewers will gain valuable insight into one man’s tremendous contribution to scientific progress, while being encouraged to think about what exciting possibilities lie ahead for medical science when it comes to unlocking the secrets held within this mysterious plant medicine we call cannabis. We invite you all join us on this amazing journey by watching The Scientist: The Story Of Dr Raphael Mechoulam And The Endocannbinoid System!