Cannabis, as a highly evolved organism, could replace antibiotics that have become ineffective against resistant super-bacteria.
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have become an uncontrollable problem in our world; as doctors and health officials know too well. Since the invention of penicillin and methicillin, we use these synthetic chemicals on patients to "cure" ... However over time, these antibiotics are less and less effective, and bacteria more resistant. But, because of its advanced genetics, the cannabis plant has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that could replace defective antibiotics.
The cannabis plant, a solution to overconsumption of antibiotics
Each action has an equal and opposite reaction, such as the effect of overconsumption of antibiotics in the form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Some, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis) and CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae) are particularly virulent superbugs against which Western medicine can not defend itself.
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics
The reason for this situation is that by eliminating any bacterial presence of the human body in a certain area, you eliminate the beneficial bacteria that keep the pests in check ... Our body literally depends on this bacterial balance as the foundation of immunity and the health.
Recent reports have highlighted the magnitude of the problem. This quote is taken from a report entitled State of the World's Antibiotics, proposed by the CCDEP (Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy), which is a health research organization in the United States and India:
"Today, once treatable infections become difficult to cure, increasing costs for health care facilities, and patient mortality increases, with costs to individuals and society. The decline in antibiotic efficacy has shifted from a minor problem to a general threat, regardless of a country's income or the sophistication of its health system. "
Super-bacteria, a serious problem in the world
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the United States estimates that antibiotic resistance is responsible for more than 2 million infections, and 23 000 deaths each year in the territory, for a direct cost of 20 billion. dollars and additional productivity losses of 35 billion.
In Europe, 25 000 is estimated to be the number of deaths attributable to antibiotic-resistant infections, which cost 1,5 billion euros per year in direct and indirect costs.
Although there are no reliable estimates of economic losses in developing countries; it is estimated that 58 000 deaths due to neonatal sepsis that are attributable to drug-resistant infections in India alone.
WHO (World Health Organization) recognizes the magnitude of the problem:
"Antibiotic resistance is reaching dangerously high levels around the world. New resistance mechanisms are appearing and spreading around the world every day, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases. A growing list of infections - such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhea - are becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to treat because antibiotics are becoming less effective. "
Dr Keiji Fukuda, Deputy Director-General of the WHO's Department of Health Security, reportedly said:
"Without urgent and coordinated action from many stakeholders, the world is moving towards a post-antibiotic era ... Common infections and minor injuries, which can be treated for decades, can kill again."
The amazing properties of cannabis
Bacteria are smart enough to thwart antibiotics by various means. Although nature (and man) has created a problem, nature has also created a solution. It turns out that there may be an answer to the problem of overconsumption of antibiotics and bacteria resistant to antibiotics: cannabis ...
Although it has been demonized in the 1930-1950 years because of its threat to certain industries, including that of pharmaceuticals, the scientifically proven truth has emerged. Cannabis has amazing medical properties that we are just beginning to understand.
It was pointed out that the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids, of which Cannabidiol (CBD) have a hundred benefits, such as being anti-carcinogenic, neuro-protective, antipsychotique and anti-inflammatory.
An antibacterial and antimicrobial plant
Well, now you can add another great medical property to the list: antibacterial or antimicrobial. And not just against any ordinary bacteria.
A study of 2008 entitled Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa reveals the cannabinoids have a potent antibacterial ability, including against MRSA:
"In bacteria, genes can be inherited from parents or can be acquired from unrelated genetic elements on mobile genetic elements such as plasmids. This horizontal gene transfer (HGT) can allow the transfer of antibiotic resistance between different species of bacteria. Resistance can also occur spontaneously by mutation. Antibiotics eliminate drug-sensitive competitors, allowing resistant bacteria to reproduce through natural selection. "
The top five cannabinoids (cannabidiol, cannabichrome, cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol) showed potent activity against various strains of Staphylococcus aureus
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The cannabis plant is a very evolved organism
All indications are that the compounds have been developed by plants as antimicrobial defenses. These compounds (cannabinoids) specifically target bacterial cells ... suggesting that we need to find the answer to our problems in nature; and not in the laboratory ... This reinforces the idea that plants are incredible organisms on which the literal survival of the human species depends.
Obviously, the cannabis plant is a highly evolved organism; especially if she has developed phytochemicals that can outwit and defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria; and the most virulent superbugs.
"Given the availability of strains of C. sativa producing high concentrations of non-psychotropic cannabinoids (CBD); this plant represents an interesting source of antibacterial agents to treat the problem of multidrug resistance in MRSA and other pathogenic bacteria. This question has huge clinical implications. Because MRSA is spreading all over the world and in the United States; he is currently responsible for more deaths each year than AIDS. "Conclude the authors of the 2008 study
The cannabis plant may hold the key to repairing the devastating damage done to the world by the overconsumption of antibiotics.