(Why the fight over pot): Patent No. 6,630,507: Why the U.S. government holds a patent on cannabis plant compounds
The givernment took out a patent on cannabinoids in 2003 for it’’s medicinal potential. The government just has ‘t figured out away to transfer a patent on the natural components to Big Pharma.
Patent No. 6,630,507:
United States Patent 6,630,507
Hampson , et al. October 7, 2003
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Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectantsAbstract
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
THIS is going to get interesting I think. And it sure makes all our drug czars out to be a bunch of lying scheming bastids (which was of the world’s worst kept secrets). The Clinton Creature wanted it downgraded to Schedule II drug. That would have been a good way to handle the ‘patent’ problem and getting pot into Big Pharma’s dirty mitts.
The part about ‘inventors’ makes me laugh. What exactly did they invent?