Marijuana Patented by US Government

Did you know that the US government patented cannabis on October 7th, 2001?

Patent number 6630507 lists “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectant.” It states cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, which are unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases. A few examples are age-related inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that will benefit from cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.



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What was the US government cannabis patent for?

It does make a person wonder whether the government believes weed should be legal or not. Cannabis can be a useful for a variety of medical reasons and financially beneficial to the consumer. This is due to the fact that cannabinoids replace many medications that need to be taken by the patient to find relief. Is it possible that US government may have filed for this cannabis patent to be sure they are able to claim their piece in the gold strike when weed becomes legal for recreational or medical use? The patent claims exclusive rights on the use of cannabinoids for treating neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, diseases caused by oxidative stress, heart attacks, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and arthritis are just a few.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are a diverse class of compounds that include many of the unique compounds that are found in female cannabis buds. A number of experts including CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, have publicly noted the contradiction between federal cannabis law and this cannabis-related government patent. The US government’s action to patent cannabis sends a message that this compound has many medicinal benefits.


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How can you patent cannabis?

It is easy to think of this weed patent as a patent on cannabis itself. However, this would be inaccurate, since the patent actually covers non-psychoactive cannabinoids (both synthetic and natural). These cannabinoids are devoid of THC which means that it will not get you high. This pot patent also covers only a specific application of these cannabinoids and not the production or use of cannabis and cannabinoids overall. By filing this cannabis-related patent, the US government might be staging itself at the forefront waiting for the ball to drop on weed legalization.

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