Home / Be The Change / Big Pharma is Synthesizing Cannabis to Make a Patent-able Pill and It’s Killing People

Big Pharma is Synthesizing Cannabis to Make a Patent-able Pill and It’s Killing People

Throughout the bodies of every human on the planet is a physiological system that plays a crucial role in establishing and maintaining human health. The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS), discovered by scientists unafraid of studying marijuana, is made of endocannabinoids and their receptors which are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.

The goal of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis within your body.

While the human body produces its own version of endocannabinoids to stimulate these receptors, scientists have discovered that phytocannabinoids, plant-based substances, can also stimulate these cannabinoid receptors. The most well-known, and most psychoactive phytocannabinoid is Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is derived from the cannabis plant. However, other, non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are gaining the interest of researchers due to a variety of healing properties.

There are over 20,000 articles searchable on PubMed detailing the effects of “cannabinoid”(s). New research has shown that cannabis is an effective treatment for a myriad of ailments ranging from cancer, to epilepsy, to PTSD.

These seemingly miraculous benefits have gotten the attention of the pharmaceutical industry which is likely interested in profiting from said benefits. The thing about cannabis, however, is that it doesn’t need Big Pharma to produce it, package it and distribute, as it can grow in your backyard.

But, when government-connected industries wish to shut out their competition, which in this case is a plant, they lean on the state’s ability to stifle competition through claiming a right to the intellectual property behind a particular set of ingredients – otherwise known as a patent.

Since no one can patent a wild plant, pharmaceutical industries turn to their labs and chemistry to recreate nature.

The drug Marinol is an example of a pharmaceutical chemical compound that is produced by Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. and used to mimic nature. It contains a nearly identical molecular structure as the THC molecule and has similar effects of marijuana on cancer patients in regards to increasing appetite, etc. But unlike its natural counterpart, Marinol does not grow on trees.

This impulse to exclusively own the rights to life-saving medicines is nothing new. However, with the ever-increasing scientific data showing the miraculous effects of cannabis on healing the human body, Big Pharma is hurriedly attempting to imitate these same effects — in their labs.

This haste is proving to be deadly, at least in one example, in France.

According to Ouest France, a recent test conducted by Biotrial, on behalf of the Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial, has left six people hospitalized in Rennes. One of those six people was declared clinically dead at the University Hospital of Rennes last week.

After news of the hospitalizations broke, media around the world began putting out misleading headlines about cannabis research being the cause. However, according to Marisol Touraine, France’s Minister of Health, cannabis was not involved in these studies at all, only a synthetic ECS stimulant designed to mimic cannabis’s effects.

The effects of the synthetic chemical compounds on the endocannabinoid system were, indeed, a dangerous factor.

The pill acted on the body’s endocannabinoid system. Taken orally, the drug was undergoing a Phase 1 clinical trial at a licensed private European laboratory that specializes in clinical trials, the French health ministry said.

Attempting to recreate the natural analgesic effects of cannabis, this pharmaceutical company unwittingly killed someone and gravely injured several others.

Why would these serious risks be taken when cannabis provides a clearly safer alternative?

Well, for starters, in countries around the planet, in order to study the effects of cannabis, it is particularly difficult — because it is illegal.

Big pharma also plays a large role in why cannabis is illegal too, as they lobby state officials to keep it that way.

However, the crumbling illegality of cannabis is only part of the reason Big Pharma is rushing into the lab to synthesize its effects. As the Free Thought Project pointed out earlier this month, a new survey of adults found that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for their prescription drugs. There is a mass exodus from pills to pot — and the industry is scared.

Of course, no one is advocating for the cessation of pharmaceutical innovation as many pharmaceutical medications have proven to be incredibly beneficial. However, when governments and Big Pharma collude, through the use of patents and prohibition, to create a synthetic product, that merely mimics the effects of a plant ingested by millions daily, and people are hurt in the process, something must be said.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • Help us make more people aware of this, it could save someone’s life!

  • Exactly. What idiots and psychopaths. The real thing has never even caused one “overdose” let alone give people brain damage or kill them. Pathetic Rx drug cartels.

  • Jeff Gibson

  • Greedy mofos. Patents are the problem. It’s good to see countries like India snubbing their nose at pharmaceutical patents. I don’t agree with patents on a molecular level. It’s ridiculous

  • Bottom line is they can’t synthetically reproduce what God already gave us. And I might sound like a broken record, but, a prohibition based on lies and fraud and upheld by lies and fraud should be repealed!

  • Anything for a buck

  • Shared

  • so this is K2 in pill form?

  • It’s what I keep on saying over and over, the patent office is the devil in the system. How can we claim to have free market, when the patent office is in place to make sure ideas are either frozen in place, or too expensive to realize because of patent-use fees?

    • All we need is for one country in the world to be the first to stop acknowledging the patent system.

  • Kill me kill me

  • The devil is always in the details. This is criminal.

  • The devil is always in the details. This is criminal.

  • No money to be made that way.

  • More deaths, more profits.

  • This is just so they can say, “see, cannabis can kill you!”

  • It’s the work of the pharmaceutical industry, it is already well known that cannabis is a good alternative for the chemical and expensive medicine.
    Here in Holland we are allowed to grown our self for personal use.
    It’s even proved that people that use cannabis often, smoking,drinking or eating has less cancer or other illness.

  • So basically your title is a lie. They’re not synthesizing cannabis they’re synthesizing a stimulant, and this is click bait. Dissapointed in the admins.

  • Anything just to prove that marijuana is lethal… Don’t believe a business man.

  • Two reasons one being profit the other to show pot as a dangerous drug. Billions in profits are threatened by legalization. Ask who looses as well as who benefits. One coin two sides.

  • It wasn’t synthesized cannabis, it was a drug that effected the endocannabinoid system. It had nothing to do with the compounds in cannabis, if I understood correctly.

    • you are correct… there was no cannabis in the trial drug…

    • big pharma tends to lose real big money if cannabis gets legalized.. It will just replace so many drugs.. and not just a bandage.. but real healing..

  • Cannibis has way more uses than just getting high and curing ailments. So in an effort to distract us from that fact, they are synthesizing these pills to focus on the high rather than the numerous other benefits.

  • n a t u r a l l y ~!

  • Ya know. I recall a commercial from long ago by Mercedes Benz. It was the usual fluff piece, but there was a segment that went like this. German engineer explained how they developed and patented the crumple zone now in every car. The interviewer asked why don’t they enforce their patent. The engineer replies, ‘ because some things are too important not to share’. I think this concept should be applied to big pharma. That forces the profit motive to R and D. Which is another beast.

  • Like they need more money!! Just use pot and it won’t kill anyone!!!

  • People have been conditioned to only accept medicine in a pill form. Anything else is “hippie bullshit”‘

    • That’s so true, that’s why it’s hard to get the message over, the minute you use cannibis oil. They look at you funny, many people are conditioned..

  • These assholes are retarded greedy blood suckers!!! You can’t patent organics. Goes to show you it’s always about money they’ll never have enough!!!!!!

  • worry, bullshit story.

  • Sick

  • Make a tea of the inner bark off a couple of small whip like branches off a willow tree, it will taste like crap, but it works better than any asprin. Then you find out how for years they keep re inventing Asprin, altering the chemical composition just a enought to hold on to the patient. But its enough of an alteration that it quite often kills those who use it, or contributes to damaging their health. I got taught several basic recipes as a kid, things to clear mucus, get rid of a cold or flu, headaches, bring down fever. simple things, that are all over the web now (like using a cut lime to deoderize your armpits). The Medical Mafia plays the same game over and over, they are owned by the same folks that own and control the oil industry, who are the worlds finanical elite, who plan to not just put the planet under a single world government, but once they mannage that, to expand the empire into space. These are just symptons of that bigger problem. Take the lead out of their pencil, by learnign how to use basic medicines and treatments yourself. It will take millions out of their pockets every month, and give you a new apprieciation for nature.

  • Profit is always more important than human life.

  • Elva Valdez

    • Gross. Maybe the pharmaceutical companies ahould knock their shit off. What we already have is wonderful enough, they don’t have to turn it into a freaking pill that costs 900% more than what you can buy at a shop.

      Thc pills for someone I know were like $300+ for the same amount as a dub sack.

      Freaking rediculous to pay that. Now, it’s killing people. What else are they going to come up with? Oxycotton candy flavored gum for children, or Vicodin flavored formula for infants. Screw these guys.

  • why synthesize what nature has already perfected?
    oh yeah, I can’t grow their $400 pills in my back yard

  • It’ all about greed

  • It’s all about the money.

  • I knew they’d find a way to fuck it up!

  • “Why would these serious risks be taken…?” You’re kidding! Right? Big Pharma’s got the FDA (and most politicians) in it’s back pocket. = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Which is all that matters to them.

  • Bollocks there adding harmful ingridients to make the drugs harmful so they can continue to make billions each year were fucked by the rich and powerful we dont matter to them

  • and there will naturaly be idiots who take this!

  • This pill is bad news. My elder partner was given a prescription and my being a smoker of marijuana tried it and felt aweful for three days. HE NEVER TOOK ONE and I NEVER DID AGAIN!

  • Fuck BIG Pharma. Every one of those fucks can eat a dick and choke on it. Leave the weed alone. Quit making your deadly concoctions you piece of shit, low life, murderous, degenerate, cunts!

  • What a bunch of shit.

  • Look to the politicians and FDA to see who has been bought.

  • Don’t fuck with GOD’S creation…big pharmaceutical companies make poison not cures

  • Was to be expected of the criminal pharma companies unfortunately

  • The REAL reason why Cannabis was made illegal.

  • Big Pharma done fucked up!

  • you can’t improve on what is naturally already perfect as it is… there is no “alternative”..

  • this is a miracle plant! Documented. Case.and.Point… of course they would make it toxic in form to continue to ban it! It is not toxic, but they say it is so and will make it that way.. if Monsanto hasn’t tainted the true crops already..schmuh…. if in legal state, save your true strain variety of seeds.. they will be worth more than gold! Lucrative business= dirty hands tamper..