Cannabis scientists may want to start planning for a trip to the Holy Land. The International Cannabinoid Research Society, the longest running scientific society focused on cannabis research, has picked Jerusalem for the site of its annual International Symposium on the Cannabinoids in 2021.
The Hebrew University’s Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research will host the ICRS Symposium at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, with hundreds of scientists and researchers from around the world expected to attend.
“The board of directors of the International Cannabinoid Research Society is very pleased that our 31st annual meeting will be held in Jerusalem in 2021. Jerusalem holds a special place in the history of the science of cannabis and the endocannabinoids,” said Prof. Cecilia Hillard, executive director of the ICRS, in a press release. “Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of Hebrew University was the first to publish the structure of the active principal of cannabis, THC and was also the first to identify an endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide.”
According to Mechoulam, head of the Multidisciplinary Center’s Academic Committee, “Modulating endocannabinoid activity has therapeutic potential in a large number of human diseases, and research on cannabinoids may lead to very significant advances in basic science and therapeutics. We look forward to hosting the world’s top scientists working to discover new therapies based on cannabinoids.”
Mechoulam, commonly referred to as “the father of cannabinoid research,” will also be celebrating his 90th birthday in conjunction with the ICRS Symposium in 2021.