Although whole marijuana remains a scheduled substance under current US law, attitudes towards cannabis are changing due to recent research into the endocannabinoid system of the human body. The body contains receptors that naturally respond to cannabinoids. One of the major ingredients of cannabis, and the source of CBD Rich Hemp Oil, cannabidiol has been formally recognized by the US Patent Office as an “antioxidant and neuroprotectant”. Filed in 1999, and published in 2003, US Patent 6630507 lists cannabidiol as an effective antioxidant. Antioxidants are useful in the treatment of oxidative diseases and are known for anti-aging effects. Tough to treat ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and HIV dementia are mentioned in the abstract as potentially treatable with antioxidant CBD. Inflammatory and autoimmune diseases are also mentioned.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants counteract the damaging effects of oxidative stress. This oxidative stress on the body contributes to the effects of aging, the slowing of neurological processes, and inflammatory disorders. Antioxidants support the body’s natural system to eliminate free radicals and prevent free radicals from harming bodily systems. Free radicals are formed during normal biological processes in the human body. Antioxidant supplements support the body’s natural free-radical fighting abilities, and can prevent or delay many diseases related to aging and deterioration of bodily systems.
The 1998 study by Hampson, Axelrod, and Grimaldi found that cannabinoids, including CBD, could protect neurons from exposure to glutamate toxicity. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter known to affect a number of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The results of their initial study found cannabidiol to be more effective than commonly known antioxidant vitamins C and E – up to 50% more effective. Subsequent studies seem to support these initial findings. Antioxidants are a necessary part of any healthy diet, and the researchers were able to show that cannabidiol is a rich source of antioxidants. It is no wonder that so much interest is now being shown in the potential health benefits of CBD Rich Hemp Oil.
Although the federal government has yet to catch up, and repressive laws prevent the unrestricted study of cannabinoids, those researchers who are able to study the benefits of cannabis are led by the precedent of US Patent 6630507. The United States patent office has recognized good science, and the effectiveness of cannabidiol as a neuroprotectant. Perhaps it is time for the US Federal government to recognize the same. Until then, CBD Rich Hemp Oil continues to be produced legally from imported industrial hemp, with little to no THC content. Although many feel that US citizens and the United States economy will benefit from bringing the cultivation of CBD Rich Hemp stateside, until then, interested consumers can reap the benefits of this antioxidant supplement brought to you by suppliers producing the CBD Rich Hemp Oil from industrial hemp plants.
The brief abstract of US Patent 6630507 is quoted below:
“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. Non Psychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH3, and COCH3.”