You join the most famous cannabis scientist, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, on a mind blowing journey about research into the medical properties of Cannabis and how it can help patients suffering various illnesses and medical challenges.
We also learn a lot about Dr. Mechoulam’s life, how he met his wife and his lifelong dedication to his studies. He is ‘lazy’ and ‘forget things’, he admits and he has a sense of humour that leaves you chuckling.
The purpose of allowing us into his personal life is to show that he is just like you and me, a reputable citizen and approached the studies from a scientific interest.
“As scientist we should try and find topics of importance and I thought that this is a topic of importance”- Dr. Mechoulam
So he started his studies with a small budget and managed to get hashish for research from the police who used to take if off smugglers and burn it. Soon he discovered it was illegal for them to give him hashish. He laughs at this story and explains they let him off because he was “reliable” and he got a permit before getting his next round of hashish/cannabis for experiments.
The film is an hour long where we learn from more than one scientist about different studies and evidence that has uncovered the remarkable power this plant can have.
Some key take away points were:
- Dr. Mechoulam was the first scientist to identify the structure of CBD and to isolate THC as a compound which was able to be used for testing.
- 34 years ago they discovered that Cannabidiol derived from Cannabis can help epilepsy. The studies eliminated seizures in the test subjects which was groundbreaking! But after it was published nothing happened.
- Other findings similar to this has also been ignored by governments and institutions.
- The discovery of a ‘new system’ in the body, the endocannabinoid system which is equally vital as the neurological and other systems. This system impacts every cell of our bodies by our own cannabinoids acting on receptors. And those receptors can also be activated by careful introduction of external cannabinoids from the cannabis plant.
So why now did he choose to speak out on a global scale?
The fact that legalising Medical Marijuana has rapidly become a world topic which makes today, right now, the best time to be pushing forward the truth of Cannabis.
When Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was asked why he allowed Klein to make this film he responded,
“I would like to also push ahead and tell people, here we have a group of compounds, an endogenous system of major importance, it’s not being used as much as it should be in the clinic. It is a great promise in the clinic and let’s try and push it forward and maybe this film can push it forward a bit, hopefully”.
Klein repeated “Hopefully”
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam ends with “Hopefully”
This movie moved me personally and since my first viewing (I have watched it numerous times), I have shared it with all my colleagues, friends and anyone who would pay attention. The evidence and science that proves the astonishing impact Cannabis can have on patients is shared right here by The Scientist.
Here we have a renowned, well respected Scientist, advocating for this plant. And not only saying “we should push it forward” but has also dedicated the most active years of his career studying the plant and how we can use it to treat illnesses and improve our general well being.
HOPEFULLY this film will continue to be shared and enlighten those who have been in the dark for all these years.