International Cannabinoid Research Society

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The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) is a professional society for scientific research in all fields of the cannabinoids.


The ICRS was formally incorporated as a scientific research society in 1992. Prior to that, symposia were organized by various researchers in the field since 1970. Membership in the Society has risen from 50 original members in its first year to over 500 members from all over the world.

Mission statement[edit]

The International Cannabinoid Research Society is a:

  • Non-political, non-religious organization dedicated to scientific research in all fields of the cannabinoids, ranging from biochemical, chemical and physiological studies of the endogenous cannabinoid system to studies of the abuse potential of recreational Cannabis.
  • In addition to acting as a source for impartial information on Cannabis and the cannabinoids, the main role of the ICRS is to provide an open forum for researchers to meet and discuss their research.[1]

The Mission of the ICRS is to:

  1. Foster cannabinoid research;
  2. promote the exchange of scientific information and perspectives about Cannabis, the cannabinoids and endocannabinoids through the organization of scientific meetings;
  3. serve as a source of reliable information regarding the chemistry, pharmacology, therapeutic uses, toxicology and the behavioral, psychological, and social effects of Cannabis and its constituents, of synthetic and endogenous compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors, and of any compounds that target other components of the endocannabinoid system.

Annual Symposia[edit]

The Society holds an annual meeting, which generally alternates between North America and Europe.

Year Location
2018 Leiden, Netherlands
2017 Montreal, QC, CAN
2016 Bukovina, Poland
2015 Wolfville, NS, CAN
2014 Baveno, Italy
2013 Vancouver, BC, CAN
2012 Freiburg, Germany
2011 Pheasant Run, IL
2010 Lund, Sweden
2009 Pheasant Run, IL
2008 Aviemore, Scotland
2008 Limmasol, Cyprus
2007 St. Sauveur, QC, CAN
2006 Tihany, Hungary
2005 Clearwater, FL
2004 Paestum, Italy
2003 Cornwall, ON, CAN
2002 Asilomar, CA
2001 Escorial, Spain
2000 Hunt Valley, MD
1999 Acapulco, Mexico
1998 La Grande Motte, France
1997 Stone Mountain, GA
1996 Cape Cod, MA
1995 Scottsdale, AZ
1994 L'Estérel, QC, CAN
1993 Toronto, ON, CAN
1992 Keystone, CO
1991 West Palm Beach, FL
1990 Κολυμβάρι, Crete


ICRS awards the "Raphael Mechoulam Award in Cannabinoid Research" annually.


  1. ^ [1], The International Cannabinoid Research Society

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