TechCrunch article Western Virginians are in for a treat when they finally get a spiderweeds patent.
The first of four patent applications filed in the state by the Western Virginian College of Medicine and Dentistry is now in the public domain, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The patents, filed last year, cover “the preparation, packaging, and use of spidersweeds in the preparation, storage, and distribution of edible, medicinal, and non-prescription products.”
The applications cover a variety of treatments for a wide range of ailments, including:Pain management, wound healing, skin irritation, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, pain management, and a variety for allergies and inflammatory conditions.
The patent also covers “the use of a spiderweb-based substance to prevent the ingestion of food or beverages by humans.”
Western Virginiana is currently home to a handful of licensed dispensaries, and many of the dispensaries were established before the state legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana in 2015.
The state also approved recreational marijuana sales, but those sales only opened in April 2018.
Western Virginias medical cannabis program was supposed to be in place by January 2019, but it was extended to January 2020.
The state also gave the college permission to grow and sell up to three mature, unopened plants per licensed dispensary, which is more than a quarter of the total plants authorized by the state.
A third of the state’s dispensaries are licensed for medicinal cannabis, which means they will be allowed to sell a variety varieties of the plants in order to make sure they are the only strains allowed.
The College is currently working with two licensed cultivators to grow, store, and distribute up to 20 plants each for medical use.
It is also working with a licensed dispensary to cultivate, store and distribute one plant per licensed premises.
The school plans to start distributing adult-use cannabis in 2018, though it is currently testing the market in a limited manner.
The applications are all for “the cultivation, processing, and packaging of spiderwebs,” and they do not specify which varieties are the best to use.
They do, however, state that the product can be stored for up to eight weeks.
The college plans to sell its product in licensed dispensaries in the fall of 2019, with dispensaries selling to retail outlets selling the product in a variety packs of 20.
The College plans to also allow dispensaries to sell adult-usage cannabis in licensed locations in the spring of 2020.