Medical marijuana’s colorful spectrum guides patents

Each medical marijuana company in New York is allowed to produce up to five different strains of the drug. The oils, tinctures and capsules are generally labeled by different colors or brand names, and, in some cases, both.

Vireo Health of New York, for instance, uses a red, yellow and green traffic-signal-like system for three of its strains. Below is some information about the broad spectrum of marijuana-based drugs based on that traffic signal system:

Red – Has the highest amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient that produces the euphoric “high” feeling. These high-THC strains are being used as pain relievers, appetite stimulants and sleep aids, as well as treatments for other symptoms of cancer and neuropathy patients.

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