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Old 03-25-2014, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO - Capitol Hill
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Caught these two documentaries over the weekend. Fascinating stuff and a lot of information. Anybody interested in the subject will enjoy the watch. It talks about how marijuana became illegal in the first place 70+ years ago and the machine at work ("Reefer Madness" anyone?), visits with several families who have moved to CO to get "Charlotte's Web" to medicate their sick children, delves in to cannabinoids (CBDs) and their potential uses, and so much more. And of course discusses Denver's 420 rally, etc.

But, what really got me that I definitely didn't know beforehand is that the US government holds a patent on cannabinoids. Filed in 2001. Acknowledging the medicinal benefits. Yet, as the documentary points out, class 1 drugs are described federally as having "no currently accepted medical benefits."

United States Patent: 6630507

" 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."

The patent goes on to further state "No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers."

And is summarized as "It is an object of this invention to provide a new class of antioxidant drugs, that have particular application as neuroprotectants, although they are generally useful in the treatment of many oxidation associated diseases. Yet another object of the invention is to provide a subset of such drugs that can be substantially free of psychoactive or psychotoxic effects, are substantially non-toxic even at very high doses, and have good tissue penetration, for example crossing the blood brain barrier."

Found these documentaries and the wealth of information they provided fascinating. The first one is below. Link to the second one is on the video page. Hosted and narrated by a neurosurgeon.


Weed - CNN Special Dr Sanjay Gupta 2013 Documentary Full English [1080p HD] - YouTube
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO - Capitol Hill
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Did anyone watch?
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:13 PM
 
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I didn't watch, but I did read the cliff notes. It was the first I had heard of the US patent on cannabinoids. But it does not surprise me.

It's great to have someone like SG on board. It takes a great man to admit that he was wrong. I have much respect for him!

Someone needs to show Michele Leonhart the door. And then lock it behind her. She has no business sitting with the grown-ups.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:50 PM
 
Location: So Florida
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The two part series was great. Would weed help someone with foot pain due to diabetic neropothy? sp?
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Canon City
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JD401 Thank you for posting, great information!!
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO - Capitol Hill
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The two part series was great. Would weed help someone with foot pain due to diabetic neropothy? sp?
Possibly. You hear of pain relieving MMJ stores all of the time. Couldn't hurt, literally.
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO - Capitol Hill
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JD401 Thank you for posting, great information!!
Absolutely . They really did a good job with it. I hope they make it a continuing series following up on the story lines they developed.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:44 PM
 
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What really makes my blood boil about our government and illegal drugs is that University of Miss. grows marijuana for a select few federal patients who are part of the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program. You can read all about it here. Compassionate Investigational New Drug program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Then we have people like Nancy Reagan running around telling kids to "Just Say No!" bull****.

Our government is so hypocritical on pot because they are in bed with big pharma. I was not aware of the patent on neurological protection. Maybe this could slow the cases of these terminal diseases that you list above.
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