Leafly got in touch with Hanuš to asked him about his team’s discovery, the scientific progress that has been made since, and what discoveries might lie ahead.
Leafly: Nearly 25 years later, what’s the impact of the anandamide discovery? How has it affected cannabis research and medicine?
Lumír Hanuš: The discovery of anandamide helped us scientifically understand the medicinal properties of cannabis. The plant started to enter mainstream medicine in the following years, and an increasing number of scientists became interested in studying not only endocannabinoids, but also phytocannabinoids.