Healthy Living: Cannabinoids as antioxidants

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On October 7th, 2003, the US Patent office granted a patent to the United States of America represented by the Department of Health and Human Services for Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.

This means our government now has patented rights to all the bioactive compounds found in cannabis.

Sort of strange, huh? Why would the US government want to patent pot?

Dr. Bill Hemmer from the Tuscola Pain and Wellness Center is here to shed some light on this story.

Cannabis is considered one of the first domesticated plant species by man over 10,000 years ago. There are 3 different species of cannabis. Cannabis Indica is the first species. It contains the highest amount of THC, which is the compound that gets you “high” and is commonly called marijuana.

Cannabis Sativa is the second species. It is commonly called Hemp but can also be called marijuana based on how much THC is present.

Different subtypes of this species have progressively lower amounts of THC and progressively higher amounts of another bioactive compound called CBD. CBD is currently a bioactive compound with a great deal of medical interest. It has been shown to have many powerful healing properties and it doesn’t get you “high”.

The third species is called Cannabis Ruderalis. It has near zero THC and lower amounts of CBD, so it has not been the focus of much attention.

In 1992, scientists discovered an entirely new control system in the body called the Endocannabinoid System. Endo is short for Endocrine. Your Endocrine system controls all your hormones and neurotransmitters. Hormones and neurotransmitters controls almost every aspect of your central nervous system. To learn more go to

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