Lionel Jacobson Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"My answer is 'yes', but as with any other potent drug, its use should be regulated.
1. The psychoactive component in it, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which we isolated, elucidated the structure and synthesized decades ago, should be within certain limits, between 5-15%. The major non psychoactive component, cannabidiol (CBD), should be present at about 5% at least. CBD lowers the anxiety (or even psychotic experiences) caused by THC in some patients and has a positive impact on acute memory effects caused by THC. It has positive effects of its own, in particular anti-inflammatory effects.
2. Marijuana is not a cure-all drug. It should be prescribed for well defined medical conditions.
3. Further clinical research on marijuana - and its components or mixtures of its components - should be encouraged to determine the medical conditions for which it can be used or not used."
Experts 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:
Head, Natural Sciences Division, Israel Academy of Sciences, 2007-present
Honorary Member, Israel Society of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2002-present
Elected Member, Israel Academy of Sciences, 1994-present
Lionel Jacobson Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1966-present
Doctor Honoris Causa, Complutense University (Spain), 2006
President, International Cannabinoid Research Society, 2001
Doctor Honoris Causa, Ohio State University, 2001
Visiting Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Medical College of Richmond, 1993-1994
Pro-Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1983-1985
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ohio State University, 1982-1983
Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1979-1982
Dr. Mechoulam discovered, isolated, and elucidated the structure of THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana, in 1967
Junior and later Senior Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1960-1965