Last updated on: 1/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Professor at the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Cannabis as a smoked product, in my judgment, would not be a useful product simply because of the lack of standardization, the fact that it’s a smoked material: you can’t determine the dose, people smoke in different ways, plus the interaction of the many different components and degradation products, and the tars associated with smoked materials. So smoking is not a good delivery system.

However, cannabis as a plant that is rich in chemical components, would have potential for producing useful drugs, for example THC. Now THC in the oral preparation, it doesn’t seem to be doing the good job it should or was expected to. My personal view on the reason for this is the ‘first-pass effect.’ The material taken orally goes through the liver and is converted to the 11-hydroxy metabolite, which is 4-5 times more potent in terms of psychoactivity, before getting into the bloodstream, and the profile of these two drugs is quite different.”

Interview with Journal of the International Hemp Association, Dec. 19, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Professor at the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Mississippi
  • Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Mississippi
  • President and Founder, ElSohly Laboratories, Inc.
  • Assistant Director of Physical Sciences, University of Mississippi, 1976-1988
Education:
  • PhD, Pharmacognosy, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS, Pharaceutical Science, Cairo University, Egypt
  • BS, Pharaceutical Science, Cairo University, Egypt
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Chemicals Are in Marijuana and Its Byproducts?