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U.S. Dept. of Heath and Human Services Obtains Patent for Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

As long rumoured, the The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, has indeed obtained patents on various forms of THC despite the endless litany of claims to the contrary, enforced by life damaging, draconian policies. Thanks to the remarkable Google Patent directory, you can explore the whole patent in details beyond the abstract provided below.

The Google directory is a fair bit easier to explore but here the USTPO reference as well for you wonks:

6,630,507 Full-Text Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants – Aidan J. Hampson et al

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…

Patent number: 6630507
Filing date: Feb 2, 2001
Issue date: Oct 7, 2003
Inventors: Aidan J. Hampson, Julius Axelrod, Maurizio Grimaldi
Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services
Primary Examiner: Kevin E. Weddington
Attorneys: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP
Application number: 9/674,028

U.S. Classification

International Classification
A61K 3135


Although not owned by the US government patents are rather interesting as well:

7,285,687 Full-Text Cannabinoids
7,179,800 Full-Text Cannabinoids

or a general search for cannabis at USTPO

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