U.S. Patent 6630507

Here’s the abstract;

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##

Whoa! The United States Department of Health and Human Services admits that cannabidiol has medicinal properties?! Of course one of the biggies in the patent is cannabidiol is not a psychotropic. So what. Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring cannabinoid present in a plant the DEA claims has no medicinal value.

What really troubles me is, how can a patent be approved for a plant component? Isn’t that sorta like having a patent on caffeine or nicotine or…? I don’t get it. But then, there a lot of things Uncle Sammy does that I don’t get.

Oh, and Unc, it’s “cannabidiol” (CBD) not “cannabidoil.”

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