We, the people of the United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, have been issued a patent for Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.
According to 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, CH3, and COCH3. ##STR1##
So, wherefor the continuing war on marijuana? The issuance of a patent for canabinoids to the Department of Health and Human Services is either evidence of gross hypocrisy in the pursuit of the war on drugs or the war on marijuana aims to secure a monopoly for a public agency and its specialized clientele. It is widely suspected that public agencies have been subverted or “captured” for private corporate interests.
The truth, of course, is that most federal and state agencies were initially organized for just that purpose — i.e. to facilitate the enterprise of those entities whose operations they “regulate,” make regular and not subject to the vagaries and risks of random nature.
Individual human rights were always just an aspiration, a sop to make the elevation of property rights and ownership more palatable. But, depriving people of liberty for having a weed in their possession isn’t just a failure to recognize a right, it is a perversion of justice. Depriving the elderly and ill of potential healing is a crime.