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U.S. Government Holds Patent to Study Which Shows Efficacy of Cannabinoids as Antioxidants with Neuroprotective Abilities

Did You Know?

The U.S. obtained a patent in October of 2003 titled, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” Assigned to the U.S. as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. In this patent it claims that, “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism” and that this makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases including those which are age-related, along with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. (1)

What are Cannabinoids?

This group of active compounds found in marijuana is also referred to as terpenophenolic chemicals. There are a variety of specific cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis, commonly known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. These are the active compounds responsible for marijuana’s therapeutic, and psychoactive abilities.

Although the U.S. government holds this patent, officials still deny the benefits of marijuana to medical patients in most U.S. states and in all states on a federal level. Why is the government so unwilling to green light medical research to further prove the medicinal properties of marijuana? Over half of the American population believe that doctors should be able to prescribe the drug, but still the Federal Government does not recognize our rights as citizens to use it as medication legally even though they hold a patent that acknowledges its benefits as an antioxidant with neuroprotective abilities.

References:

  1. http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507.html
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