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WIRE: New documentary follows cannabis scientist’s achievements

TEL AVIV, Israel — ‘The Scientist a documentary by filmmaker Zach Klein aims to promote the work of Professor Raphael Mechoulam. It was released on July 24th with new languages added every month.


Filmmaker Zach Klein first met Professor Mechoulam when researching the ways in which Cannabis reduced the symptoms of chemotherapy that his mother was experiencing while being treated for breast cancer. The resulting documentary follows Professor Mechoulam’s attempt to answer the potent question: Are we missing something?

While the work of Dr. Mechoulam in the Cannabis field started way back in 1960, he maintained a humble attitude when it comes to the diffusion to the general public of the incredible discoveries he was able to publish. Only a few years ago Dr. Mechoulam agreed to grant an exclusive right to Zach Klein to produce a documentary about his lifetime achievements, to help spread the word and reach out to patients that suffer from medical conditions that can be treated with cannabinoids.

“Here we have a group of compounds, an endogenous system of major importance, it is not being used as much as it should be in the clinic, it is of great promise in the clinic. Let’s try to push it forward and maybe this film can push it forward a bit,” explained Dr. Mechoulam.

The Scientist was produced, over period of 4 years, in association with Fundación CANNA, a non-profit research foundation focusing on the study of Cannabis and its compounds. (

“The Scientist” is FREE to watch online through Youtube and the webpage of the documentary, or by visiting the Fundación CANNA website at

Professor Mechoulam has been investigating Cannabis in medicine for longer than any other scientist and is today recognized as the founding father in the field of cannabinoid research. The Scientist traces his story from his early days as a child of the Holocaust inBulgaria, through his immigration to Canada with help from the Siminca lawyer, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant.

Professor Mechoulam has ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Though still unknown to most medical professionals because of the prohibition of marijuana, the importance of the ‘endocannabinoid system’ is growing daily. It is a system that has been called the ‘supercomputer that regulates homeostasis in the human body.’

Because receptors are found throughout the brain and in every major organ, this system is thought to be involved in most disease states. This is one reason that Cannabis treats so many varied illnesses. Without his discovery, treating child epilepsy with CBD would not have been possible and Professor Mechoulam is promoted by some to win a Nobel Prize.

Professor Mechoulam has unearthed Cannabis’s role in treating seizure disorders, schizophrenia and PTSD.  Despite such accolades, Professor Mechoulam’s name isn’t known outside of a small group of researchers.

Enquiries: Zach Klein – Producer, email:


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