In 2011, the National Institute of Health (NIH) granted New York-based Kannalife Sciences, Inc., an exclusive license for the part of the technology outlined in the patent to develop cannabinoid-based and cannabidiol-based drugs for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy—brain damage that could result from conditions such as cirrhosis. Kannalife also has a non-exclusive license to develop drugs to treat chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a rare and progressive degenerative brain condition likely caused by repeated head trauma.

Other companies may also apply for licenses to use this patented technology to develop drugs to treat other neurological diseases where antioxidant properties of cannabinoid drugs may be beneficial. The patent expires on April 21, 2019, after which anyone would be free to develop drugs based on these cannabinoids that, like all drugs, would require FDA approval to demonstrate safety and effectiveness in humans. Currently, no other companies have licensed portions of patent 6,630,507. So, even the government acknowledges the potential health benefits of cannabis.

The bottom line with cannabis is it needs to be legalized for medicinal purposes. It is a plant with much to offer therapeutically. However, special care needs to be exercised so commercial interests never dominate the public’s access to natural, plant-based sources. Scare tactics, controlling interests and corporate money are pressuring many state legislatures to create a political environment that will enable them to become a monopoly and weed out the local, natural sources. Just as we want and trust organic, non-GMO food to deliver optimal nutrition, the same principles apply to cannabis.

Some people have questions about nanotechnology as it applies to cannabis. Using nanotechnology is a technique where either the water or ingredient is broken into billionths of pieces. This allows these particles to bypass the regulatory systems within the body and enter into cells willy-nilly. These particles don’t connect to glycoprotein receptors. They can diffuse across the cell membrane at will. This is like having a country with an open border for immigration. There is no control, no vetting program and no process for regulating the flow across the boundary. Too much of a nutrient can have as dire consequences as too little. The body is built with redundancy and controls to manage the ebb and flow of nutrients. Nanosizing is not a beneficial approach to creating healthy cells. Approaches designed to boost effectiveness of ingredients artificially while bypassing nature’s regulatory systems allows manufacturers to claim equal effectiveness without using the equivalent amount of source material. Because of nanotechnology, manufacturers can claim their product is as effective as a certain milligram amount of cannabis but that actual amount is not present in the product. In addition, the synergistic co-factors can be missing from that mix and only the “essence” of the ingredient is nanosized–so this is very deceptive and can be ultimately harmful.

Another recent development is the FDA now wants to classify cannabis as an “investigative drug” so they can control it. This means natural sources will no longer be able to operate and only the pharmaceutical industry will own it since it is being “investigated” to be a drug and they own all drugs. This is the medical community’s attempt to regulate a natural plant that has been used for centuries and take it out of the hands of homeopathic medicine–cannabis use then becomes legally restricted to the confines of the official medical community.

In addition to these issues, the financial sector (credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard) are looking at restricting sales of anything with CBD oil because it comes from cannabis and the fear is that the federal government might change its mind and prosecute possession of any form of cannabis as marijuana. This action will affect all businesses utilizing credit cards to transact business with any CBD product. This is why the GRM has worked to find a safe and trusted resource available through a private domain which avoids all of these risks.

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