Patent number 6630507
An unexpected origin
Patent number 6630507 is an existing patent that lists the use of certain cannabinoids found within the Cannabis sativa plant as useful in certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and HIV dementia. This research was funded and is owned by The Department of Health and Human Services, which has performed some of the most important non-biased research when it comes to the quality of life for a Cannabis consumer.
Always being the pessimist, I try not to highlight any government agency too much but their mission statement says a lot: “The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives. We fulfill that mission every day by providing millions of children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care, by helping people find jobs and parents find affordable child care, by keeping the food on Americans’ shelves safe and infectious diseases at bay, and by pushing the boundaries of how we diagnose and treat disease.”
The mission statement alone explains why a government agency would perform an unbiased scientific experiment whose conclusions mean everything that they teach kids about marijuana and the reasons people are in prison because of it is wrong. I believe patent number 6630507 is just a by-product of a government agency being efficient and I’m not sure which is more shocking — a government agency actually doing something good for the people — or a government agency being efficient.
Is government consistency an oxymoron?
We’ve all seen the meme with Captain Picard’s hand extended with the heading “Why the Fuck?” followed by a witty and poignant statement at the bottom. The one I’m thinking of in particular is with the witty statement: “Why does the government own patent #6630507 on Cannabis’s medical qualities and claim it has no medical qualities?”
The meme itself is comical but raises a very valid question: how can one branch of the government (DEA) dismiss the fact that marijuana is healthier than man-made pharmaceuticals, supported by evidence produced through scientific research done by another government agency (HHS)? One branch is staffed by cops the other with scientists. Who are you supposed to believe? The Department of Health set out to discover which medical properties Cannabis has besides CBD; THC is categorized as a psychoactive drug, but does that mean it can’t be medicinal as well? No.
What if I told you that the government knows that there’s a natural medicine out there that can be used for: “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. Non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses”? (Quoted directly from the U.S Patent office website). The statement I copied and pasted above could also be said like this: what if I told you there’s a natural plant out there that can act as medicine against brain disease and, by the way, it’s all natural and our government owns the patent on it?
The existence and denial of U.S patent number 6630507 screams either conspiracy or just plain ignorance. Some would argue the country is backwards, but by whose definition? There’s still a lot of ignorance predominant in this country, but Cannabis awareness movements and those providing good information are killing reefer madness.
As people become aware of patent number 6630507, they need to be aware that this isn’t something that just happened on October 7, 2003 when the patent was approved. The government patented it because of their discovery that it is possible to separate the cannabidiol in 1942. I reference this time because at one time scientists could openly experiment with and test Cannabis.
By now there should be a little outrage rising up in you, that part of you that likes to vote in a poll or with your dollar — this is how the tides of Cannabis legalization turn. Medical marijuana isn’t legal in 20 states simply because a lot of people like to get high, but because the truth is that it’s good medicine.
Our body comes with cannabinoid receptors, which tells me our bodies are meant to have Cannabis just like you’re supposed to have Vitamin C. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but it should be an option for anyone, which is the American way, isn’t it?
We’ve come a long way from waiting in strange parking lots and living in fear, to seeing Cannabis available in retail stores, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Patent number 6630507 is a gateway to vindication for many and perhaps an eye opener for others.