The last war on superbugs is on 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 the bacteria are not immune to.
Fight bacteria : Researchers are getting closer to another medical use of cannabidiol (CBD), the popular cannabis compound that doesn't get high.
At the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology on Sunday, Mark Blaskovich, senior research chemist at the University of Queensland, presented his conclusions that CBD is “remarkably effective”To kill a range of bacteria, including several strains resistant to antibiotics: meaning we may 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 found that a synthetic form of CBD was able to kill several types of Gram-positive bacteria in the lab, including those which can lead to MRSA and pneumonia. It has also been effective in treating skin infection in mice.
However, CBD has not been effective against Gram-negative bacteria, which are generally more resistant to antibiotics.
Temperate expectations : Blaskovich's study may have shown promising results so far but it is still in its early stages, his work has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal and even he doesn't know exactly what causes CBD to kill bacteria.
“More work is needed to demonstrate that CBD would be useful for treating infections in humans,” he told Live Science. “It would be very dangerous to try to treat a serious infection with cannabidiol instead of an approved antibiotic.”
The authors now plan to conduct animal studies to understand the types of infections CBD might treat, as well as how CBD might kill bacteria, Blaskovich said. In addition, Botanix plans to conduct a clinical trial in people 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 treating infections. In 2008, Pubmed published a study review which already revealed preliminary results similar to those of the present study.