Back in 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was granted a patent for the "neuroprotective capacity of non-psychoactive cannabinoids."
Yup, you read that correctly... 😲
An arm of the federal government, which classified marijuana as an illegal substance with no accepted medical value for nearly half a century... has technology rights to CBD’s ability to protect the brain.
Here's what patent No. 6,630,507 says:
“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."
Yeah, we know what you're thinking...
And now, a new study from Korean scientists published in the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research journal finally dug deeper. Click on the link to see the full article.
While the federal government owns this patent, the scientific community has released "mixed results" on this phenomenon so far.
Variables like brain cell types and experimental conditions led to “different and somewhat contradictory results,” researchers wrote while studying whether or not CBD held any potential in protecting brain cells against oxidative stress.
The answer, as it turns out, is YES — a possible link between CBD and slowing brain cell death exists.
“The use of low-concentrated CBD significantly rescued the neurons from the oxidative stress, confirming its neuroprotection capability,” researchers concluded.
Here are the nerdy details... 🤓
Researchers tested what effects different levels of CBD molecules had on hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), or oxidative stress. The molecule is considered a pathological culprit in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and ALS.
Tested under “in vitro” conditions (petri dish), researchers found the antioxidant properties of CBD provided hippocampal neurons a protective layering from the initiation and progression of apoptosis (cell death) caused by oxidative stress.
While researchers did acknowledge that more examination is necessary—since the brain is a highly complex structure—they also suggested possible avenues of further study could be within the different types of CBD consumption.
For example, if taking CBD by smoking, eating edibles, or applying topically could impact its effect on the brain.
But most importantly, the study concluded that CBD does contain neuroprotective potential worthy of further exploration.
Whether the federal government will open up its precious patent for further research, however, remains to be seen.
Even though we stay out of politics, in the case of further CBD & Hemp research, we always encourage our customers to vote for representatives who are pro-Cannabis, so that patients all around the world may eventually enjoy the medical benefits of this amazing ancient plant from Mother Earth.