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In What if hed had the Good Stuff? Adams, Prohibition and Political Cannabinoid Science, Bryan W. Brickner reviews the 1942 lecture Marihuana by chemist Roger Adams of the University of Illinois. Brickner notes two things: first, they had evidence back then that cannabinoids help with drug abuse; second, Adams didnt get to work with quality material you know, the good stuff.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 20, 2014
Roger Adams political views arent discussed much, opened Bryan W. Brickner, publisher of The Cannabis Papers: A citizens guide to cannabinoids (2011). Thats not because he wasnt political; its because of the politics in his science.
Roger Adams (1889-1971) was head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) from 1926-54. Hes credited with the Adams catalyst (platinum dioxide), developing local anesthetics, the synthesis of naturally occurring anthraquinones (dyes, papermaking and medicine), and the structure of gossypol (a natural phenol with pro-apoptotic properties). Adams is also credited with the 1940 discovery of the herbal cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD).
Adams was not only a famed chemist, explained Brickner, he lived the political nature of scientific research by publicly speaking about marihuana in 1942 five years after it had been federally banned.
Brickner continued: Adams discovered CBD from Minnesota wild hemp, which means there wasnt much (if any) THC in his research material supplied by the government. While writing The Cannabis Papers, we wondered: what if the famed chemist had been given cannabis with THC in it? Would he have found it 24 years earlier than it was?
Its an open question, Brickner noted, though illustrative. It shows the cost of keeping the good stuff from a chemist like Adams.
Brickner graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 and has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University. The Compassion Chronicles is an online destination for news, opinion, resources and networking.
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