The last war against superbugs is on the way and cannabis could be a solid weapon
Bacteria, which have developed resistance to commonly used antibiotics, pose a threat to modern medicine in its fight against infections. A new study shows that cannabidiol (CBD) can potentially be used as a new type of antibiotic against which the bacteria is not immune.
Fight bacteria : Researchers are getting closer to another medical use of Cannabidiol (CBD), the popular marijuana compound that can not be smashed.
At the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology on Sunday, Mark Blaskovich, principal research chemist at the University of Queensland, presented his conclusions according to which the CBD is "remarkably effective"To kill a range of bacteria, including several strains resistant to antibiotics: which means we could have a new weapon in the war against superbugs.
Antibiotic CBD : As part of his study, funded in part by Botanix Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery company, Blaskovich discovered that a synthetic form of CBD is capable of killing several types of Gram-positive bacteria in the laboratory, including those which can lead to MRSA and pneumonia. It has also been effective in treating a skin infection in mice.
However, CBD has not been effective against Gram-negative bacteria, which are generally more resistant to antibiotics.
Temperate expectations : The Blaskovich study may have yielded promising results so far but it is still in its infancy, its work has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal and even he does not know exactly what allows CBD to kill bacteria.
"It takes more work to demonstrate that CBD would be useful for treating infections in humans," he said. Live Science. "It would be very dangerous to try to treat a serious infection with cannabidiol instead of an approved antibiotic."
The authors are now considering conducting animal studies to understand the types of infections that CBD could treat, as well as how CBD could kill bacteria, Blaskovich said. In addition, Botanix plans to conduct a clinical trial on individuals to determine if CBD can effectively eliminate la bacterium Staphylococcus aureus on the skin before surgeries, to prevent post-surgical infections.
This study is not the first to examine whether cannabis is as effective as antibiotics for the treatment of infections. In 2008, published Pubmed a review of studies which already revealed preliminary results similar to those of the present study.