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International Cannabinoid Research Society
AbbreviationICRS Edit this on Wikidata
Established1990 (32 years ago)
Legal status501(c)(3) organization Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersDurham Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.icrs.co Edit this on Wikidata

The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) is a professional society for scientific research in all fields of the cannabinoids, based in North Carolina, US. ICRS is one of the very few global non-profit medical societies or associations[a] related to cannabis and cannabinoids.


The ICRS was formally incorporated as a scientific research society in 1992.[1] Prior to that, early ICRS 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 650+ members from all over the world.


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.[2]


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.


Since 2019,[3] the ICRS has partnered with Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers to produce the academic journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

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

Annual Symposia

The Society holds an annual meeting, not available to the media,[4] which generally alternates between North America and Europe.

Year Location
2025 Bloomington, IN
2024 Salamanca, Spain
2023 Toronto, Canada
2022 Galway, Ireland
2021 Jerusalem, Israel[5] (Held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2020 Galway, Ireland (Held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2019 Bethesda, MD
2018 Leiden, Netherlands
2017 Montreal, QC, Canada
2016 Bukovina, Poland
2015 Wolfville, NS, Canada[4]
2014 Baveno, Italy
2013 Vancouver, BC, Canada
2012 Freiburg, Germany
2011 Pheasant Run, IL
2010 Lund, Sweden
2009 Pheasant Run, IL
2008 Aviemore, Scotland
2008 Limmasol, Cyprus
2007 St. Sauveur, QC, Canada
2006 Tihany, Hungary
2005 Clearwater, FL
2004 Paestum, Italy
2003 Cornwall, ON, Canada
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, Canada
1993 Toronto, ON, Canada
1992 Keystone, CO
1991 West Palm Beach, FL
1990 Κολυμβάρι, Crete, Greece


  1. ^ A Medical Society is a specific type of trade association for medical professionals.


  1. ^ "About the ICRS". icrs.co. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "The International Cannabinoid Research Society". icrs.co. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  3. ^ "Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers | News". home.liebertpub.com. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Owens, Brian (2015). "Drug development: The treasure chest". Nature. 525 (7570): S6–S8. Bibcode:2015Natur.525S...6O. doi:10.1038/525S6a. ISSN 1476-4687. PMID 26398738.
  5. ^ "Jerusalem picked to host world's leading cannabis research conference". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. February 2, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2021.

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