Down the rabbit hole …

As a responsible citizen, I have been consuming a large amount of information about cannabis a.k.a. marijuana a.k.a. pot a.k.a. weed. It appears that the United States of America’s government has internal conflicts surrounding cannabis. Case in point, the US patent 6,630,507 “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” (abstract below)

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##

Inventors:	Hampson; Aidan J. (Irvine, CA), Axelrod; Julius (Rockville, MD), Grimaldi; Maurizio (Bethesda, MD)
Assignee:	The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC) 
Family ID:	26767641
Appl. No.:	 09/674,028
Filed:	February 2, 2001
PCT Filed:	 April 21, 1999
PCT No.:	 PCT/US99/08769
PCT Pub. No.:	 WO99/53917
PCT Pub. Date:	 October 28, 1999

That this patent was filed for on February 2, 2001 is pretty damnable. Makes me wonder just how much they really know.

I also found an interesting resource in the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health (NIH). The page on “Cannabis and Cannabinoids” is gold.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4