The United States government would like to scam the average citizen into believing that marijuana was sent here by the devil himself in a brash attempt to destroy the lives of all that dare to breathe its seductive smoke. However, the reality is, old Uncle Sam has owned the patent on cannabinoids since 2003, ever since federal research concluded that the wonder weed was the most powerful medicinal plant in the world.

U.S. Patent 6630507 was awarded to the US government after researchers found that cannabinoids have a wide range of antioxidant properties that could be used to treat a number of ailments, like inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, commonly associated with oxidation.

Oxidative associated diseases “refers to pathological conditions that result at least in part from the production of or exposure to free radicals, particularly oxyradicals, or reactive oxygen species,” as defined in the patent.

In addition, cannabinoids have proven to be extremely useful neuroprotectants, which could successfully control the level of neurological damage following stroke or trauma and could be beneficial as a treatment in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.

Years of research has determined that the following are the top 10 health benefits of marijuana:

Cancer: In laboratory animals, cannabis has proven to hinder the growth of, and even kill tumor cells.

Tourette’s Syndrome: Researchers found that cannabinol helps to control symptoms of this neurological condition, which can cause facial contortions and involuntary shouting.

Seizures: The antispasmodic, or muscle relaxant, qualities of marijuana have proven to be an effective treatment for those suffering from seizures.

Migraines: Doctors in California have reportedly treated over 300,000 cases of migraines with medicinal cannabis.

Glaucoma: Perhaps the best documented research - not a single study exists that discounts the advantages of using marijuana to treat glaucoma patients.

Multiple Sclerosis: Marijuana has proven to control the muscle spasms associated with this deadly disease.

ADD and ADHD: A recent USC study showed that marijuana is an excellent alternative to Ritalin, and has the ability to treat patients with this disorder without the negative side effects of the popular prescription medication.

IBS and Crohn’s: Marijuana has proven to help patients suffering from these diseases because it helps stop nausea, stomach pain, and diarrhea.

Alzheimer’s: Research from the Scripps Institute found that marijuana can be used to treat Alzheimer’s patients because THC blocks certain elements in the brain that cause the disease.

Premenstrual Syndrome: History shows that marijuana has been used in the treatment of PMS symptoms since the days of Queen Victoria.

Interestingly, even though the US government seems to be privy to the medicinal value of marijuana, the drug has been classified as a Schedule I dangerous substance, in the same unflattering light as heroin, since 2011.