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In 2001, Doctor Andrew Weil revealed to a CBS journalist that he had cured his lifelong allergies to cats using LSD. In addition, Weil said, “I was outdoors in a beautiful setting.
I felt amazing as a cat came and sat on my lap. I soon noticed I had no allergic reaction and haven’t had it since.”
So far, there have been no formal research studies in humans proving that allergies can be cured with LSD in the past two decades.
LSD Food Allergy Patent With No Proof
Although, an LSD food allergy treatment patent has just been given out, according to the patent lawyer Graham Pechenik. A granted patent allows the applicant to own whatever the claims specified in it.
This patent’s first claim states, “A way of treating peoples food allergies in need from there, the treatment was containing dispensing an amount of an LSD effective to treat the persons’ food allergy.”
Even though there is no scientific proof of LSD treating food allergies, the US Patent Office still issued a patent to a group of Palo Alto Investors for just such a therapy, called: “A way of treating peoples food allergies in need from there, the treatment containing dispensing an amount of an LSD effective to treat the persons’ food allergy.”
The company has not done any studies or research to determine if LSD alleviates food allergies. However, by doing so, Palo Alto Investors humbly claim that they now own the idea if such a therapy is achievable.
“It is simply a prophecy, where you present what a research program might look like, then you just hypothesis the results you are hoping to achieve,” explained Graham Pechenik. Although can people own the rights to inventions that aren’t invented yet?
A Patent for Food Allergies is Easy FDA is Not
According to US patent law, yes, you can. However, there is a massive difference between the prerequisite’s needed requirements for FDA approval and granting a patent.
“Now people can just think things in their minds’ eye and state, ‘How about we just quickly patent that before any preceding art arises,’” said Mason Marks. He is CEO of the Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR) project at Harvard Law School. Unfortunately, Mark explained, “That type of practice is often common.”
The way these patents are quickly issued may lead to consequences such as preventing promising therapies from being established.
For example, if one day soon scientists find evidence that LSD can treat food allergies, will an already issued patent prevent them from doing the proper research appropriate to figure out its value, understanding the fact that another company will profit and control something they never invented?
We may not have seen it yet as of now, but how would we know?
LSD already has shown considerable potential in studies showing its benefits for mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
It has also proven to work well for treatment-resistant depression, and newer studies show how it can restore emotional intelligence in adult ADHD and many other potential benefits.