Raphael Mechoulam Receives ABC Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award

AUSTIN, Texas, March 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) recently presented the 2017 ABC Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award to Professor Raphael Mechoulam, PhD, an Israeli organic chemist and the “father of cannabis research.” Mechoulam was the first researcher to isolate, determine the structure of, and synthesize delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of cannabis (Cannabis spp.). 

ABC presents the annual award, named in honor of the late, celebrated professor Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD, to an individual who has made significant research contributions in the fields of pharmacognosy, ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, or other related scientific disciplines dealing with medicinal plant research. Farnsworth, who died in 2011, was a highly published and internationally renowned research professor of pharmacognosy, a senior university scholar in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and one of the co-founding members of ABC’s Board of

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