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American organic chemist Roger Adams was the first to discover THC back in 1940. He was also the first to isolate CBD. THC and CBD have become mainstream news today. If you go on Google or check major media outlets like Forbes, BusinessWeek, CNN, or others you're bound to find a story about cannabis. Cannabis is the plant-rich and vital cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. For some people, this is all brand new stuff. For others, the knowledge about this widely misunderstood plant is something they learned on their own years ago. when people start discovering THC and CBD generally one of their first questions is who the first person was to discover it and when did this discovery take place.
This leads a lot of people to a quick internet search and an answer of an Israeli scientist by the name of Dr. Rafael Mechoulam along with a team of researchers from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam is a professor of Medicinal Chemistry for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a noted organic chemist. A lot of folks refer to him as the "father" or "grandfather" of cannabis. Mechoulam started his investigations and studies into cannabis by obtaining five kilos of cannabis hashish from his local police department.
Technically though, Raphael wasn't the very first to discover THC or CBD. If you dig a little deeper, you'll find the name of another organic chemist who did rather extensive work with THC and CBD. Rodger Adams was a chemist at the University of Illinois. Adams was also a professor. He was responsible for sculpting the minds of over 250 Ph.D. and post-doctoral students as well as implementing one of the most respected model graduate science programs in the country at the time. During his studies on organic chemistry one area Rodger Adams specialized in was Cannabis.
He was among one of the first individuals to isolate tetrahydrocannabinol and work with it. He was hired by the United States federal government to help develop truth serum where he studied cannabis even deeper. Rodger Adams has countless papers published about cannabis as well as all sorts of other organic chemistry literature. Most of his life's work can be found in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. With that being said, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam was the man who brought cannabinoid science into today's mainstream. Not long after McCallum and his team of researchers announced the discovery and isolation of THC another Discovery was announced. This was one that went hand-in-hand with the discovery of THC.
The discovery was that of the ECS or endocannabinoid system. The mammalian endocannabinoid system acts as a bridge between the mind and body. When properly saturated with cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and others the ECS helps the body to function at optimum levels encouraging the body to achieve and maintaining homeostasis. It's also responsible for facilitating efficient functions such as cellular degradation. McCallum also found the discovery of the human body's ability to produce a natural cannabinoid called anandamide aka the "bliss" molecule.
With the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and the knowledge obtained of the Bliss molecule, further research was able to show the importance the ECS plays in the human body. When the name Rodger Adams is mentioned many people are clueless as to who he is. How a scientist responsible for so much research and such a notable one at that is barely mentioned is another question and itself. Perhaps it has to do with the sugar conspiracy of the 1950s.
It appears that Rodger Adams was on the supporting side that sugar was causing heart disease, obesity, and other major health issues with Americans. The popular consensus of the time steered away from sugar and put the blame on saturated fats. It's ultimately led Americans to a high sugar low-fat diet and look at where we are today.
Regardless of who discovered THC and CBD, today there has been an exuberant amount of research being conducted in the field of cannabinoid therapies. the groundwork laid and discoveries made by both Rodger Adams and Raphael McCullum have substantially altered the way cannabis is perceived by the medical community. Without this research, chances are the US federal government would still have everybody believing it's the devil's lettuce. The federal government had Rodger Adams research during the time of what was called marijuana prohibition and reefer madness.
So why all the negative propaganda? Even the research back then showed cannabis head loads of potential medicinal benefits. Imagine all the medical patient’s cannabis could have helped, all the lives that didn't have to be torn apart, and all the hardship that never had to be if the probation of this incredible plant was never brought to fruition. Thank you, Roger Adams and Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. Can you imagine if all this research never took place? We might not have all the things we do today like cannabis oil, vape pens, and 510 cartridges.