10 Oct US Patent 6-630-507 and Why you Need to Know About This
In 1999, a group of researchers, including Nobel Laureate Julius Axelrod, filed a patent application on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) declaring that cannabis has medicinal value. Patent 6,630,507, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”, was awarded 4 years later in 2003 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Think about that for a moment. The U.S. Government, who refuses to acknowledge marijuana as having “any medicinal value”, and keeps it on the Schedule 1 drug list, applied for and owns a patent, on marijuana as a form of medicine. If that doesn’t fall under “say one thing then do something else”, we don’t know what does.
It’s a baffling hypocrisy, isn’t it? Why would the government, and we’re talking about scientists, PhDs and M.D.s here, not politicians, keep valuable information about treating life threatening and chronic diseases, away from the public and close to lab-coat covered vests? Why would the government keep denying marijuana its due as a medicinal compound?
Unfortunately, as we learn more about patent No. 6,630,507, we come up with more questions than answers.
What is patent No. 6,630,507?
In a summary of its findings, the United States Department of Health and Human Services found Patent No. 6630507 to “provide a new class of antioxidant drugs, that have particular application as neuroprotectants.”
The researchers, or “inventors”, even mentioned CBD in their patent claims, citing:
“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.”
Let’s see if we have this straight: government scientists are confident about the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in treating various ailments and diseases, and four years later, the government agrees and issues the patent. So CBD is legalized, legitimized, mass produced, saves the world, and we all ride off into the sunset, right? Not so fast…
The FDA, Red Tape, and Roadblocks
Turns out, the N.I.H. (National Institutes of Health) are made up of thousands of doctors and scientists, who study all types of diseases and search for all types of cures. Often for decades with little or no progress. What do they do if they find something that works? File for a patent and get awarded? That’s only the beginning. Next up is the Food and Drug Administration, and that’s where the real fun starts.
A patent, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily prove that the compound or “drug” performs as described. Any and all newly discovered chemicals or medicines must be purified, synthesized, and tested to the nth degree. In fact, it takes round after round of stringent testing on animals and humans for anything to get the Federal Drug Administration’s seal of approval.
And there’s the rub: because marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and remains on the Controlled Substances list, it can’t be touched by the FDA. According to one patent lawyer, who wants to remain anonymous, “…marijuana, hemp, CBD, whatever, it can’t be targeted and qualified for repetitive use without FDA approved research.”
This cycle of frustration repeats itself over and over, and no ground is made in reliable cannabis testing. And even if you are somehow lucky enough to get clearance from the DEA to begin some type of testing, you can’t even get good stuff!
Take the case of Dr. Sue Sisley of Scottsdale, Arizona. She was given clearance to study medical marijuana and its effect on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She had the DEA and NIDA’s go ahead and 76 military veterans to test; all she needed was the marijuana. Well, she received it, via the NIDA’s official “grower” and the cannabis Dr. Sisley’s lab checked in was moldy, contained lead, and didn’t reach potency requirements for proper testing. Read the whole article here or this write up on a hopeful, newer government source that may be soon available.
However, for all the government fumbles and double speak, there is some hope. According to Sam Mendez, who oversees the UW (University of Washington) Cannabis Law Project, “If and when national legalization comes, it’ll trigger a swarm of new patent applications. That’s massive growth that does not occur every day or every year. That’s the kind of growth you’re talking about once in a generation,” he said of the potential sales growth in the industry. “As part of that, you’re going to see many people and many businesses research this far more intensely and file for patents.”
Talk To The Hand
One person, Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran from Colorado, believes the hypocrisy needs to stop. She created a social media photo campaign based on Patent No. 6,630,507.
Her Facebook page describes the movement: “The campaign is meant to educate the masses and call to action legal recourse for denial of access to a plant that has been proven medicinal and nontoxic while persecuting citizens that choose it as their medicine. This particular patent proves not only that cannabis is medicinal but also that it is non-toxic and therefore non-lethal.”
To highlight the cause, Amy wrote the number “6,630,507” and the palm of her hand and shared the photo with the following caption: ‘We know about the plant, We know about the patent. Talk to the 6630507 hand. #Patent 6630507”
Thousands of like-minded supporters have joined Amy’s cause, even celebrities and pro cannabis supporters Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson and the Broken Lizard guys have lended a “hand” to the movement.
We Can (nabis) Do It!
The government’s stance and contradictory actions regarding cannabis and medicinal marijuana is frustrating, maddening and disappointing, all at the same time. Based on usage, historical evidence, and yes, even clinical evidence, cannabis supporters know how beneficial CBD and medical marijuana can be. Patients need this medicine and any red tape or roadblocks to them having access to it, is a travesty.
The good news is that we are making progress. Every day, barriers and stigmas fall or fade away. Every day we get closer to making cannabis medicine completely legal, fully researched, and available to all who need it.
You can help by contacting your local representatives to ask them how they plan to change laws and help the medicinal cannabis/CBD movement. Visit here for more info.