By Carl Addington
This is a number to remember. You may see images popping up, especially on social media, of people’s palms with this number written on it. You may have met someone who has written the number on the palm of his/her hand. What is this mysterious number? What does it signify?
6630507 is the number assigned by the U.S. Patent Office to a patent awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health in 2003.
In part the patent application reads as follows: “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.”
In other words, cannabis is medically useful. There is the plain truth. The US government owns a patent for the express treatment of numerous serious conditions which afflict millions, yet another government agency, the DEA, maintains cannabis on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. To be a Schedule 1 “drug” it must have a high potential for abuse and have no medical potential. Cannabis has been found to be non-addictive in study after study. And now the government itself admits the medical merits of cannabis.
What will it take for the federal government to wake up to its own hypocrisy? Perhaps the latest 6630507 campaign is a start. It may not be as dramatic, but it can start the conversation. Try making that number visible in the community. Scrawl it on your hand. Post a sign. Give that number as much if not more significance than 4/20. Make it an icon. Talk about it to anyone who’s curious. It is time for the cannabis community to come out in organized support of descheduling cannabis.
6630507 Remember the number. Be informed.* Spread the word, voice your opinion.
*As an aside, it is very interesting to note how many patents have been granted having to do with cannabis, not only on the medical side but on the subject of delivery systems as well as other various topics. Just as an example, visit the Canadian website. http://www.calgarycmmc.com/cannabispatents.htm On this site, there are _31 patents and an equal number of applications for patents having to do with cannabis since 2000. Many of the patents granted address specific medical treatments such as Patent #6328992: a patent for “Cannabinoid Patch and Method for Cannabis Transdermal Delivery” (2001); or Patent #GB2478595; “Phytocannabinoids for Use in the Treatment of Cancer” (2011). This is just one source of cannabis-related patents.
Thank you, Carl Addington for your commitment to cannabis education, and your wisdom!