Cannabis a source for Antibiotics?

Cannabis a source for Antibiotics?

Did you know that we are facing an antibiotics resistance crisis? Unfortunately, the over usage and misusage of medication by the pharmaceutical industry has led us to this "immunity". This new worldwide affliction is estimated to cause 10 million death by 2050. The lack of new antibiotics in the last 20 years helped bacteria to developpe multi-resistance characteristics, meaning the efficacy of antibiotics is diminished if not useless in certain cases.

Happily, some new antibiotics are being discovered in the last few years. A new molecule was found in Mexico, this new antibiotic is more specifically found in a type of wild beans growing in the tropical forest. Another antibiotic was found in the gut of a tiny worm. Lastly, following a series of researches in Canada one of the compounds of cannabis has been found to have antibiotics characteristics.

Indeed, the cannabigerol (CBG) was found to be particularly efficient. It has only been tested on mice so far, meaning the compatibility with humans still needs to be confirmed and researched more profoundly. It was tested on a specific bacterium called the staphylococcus aureus. This last bacterium has developed a high resistance to most antibiotics we know today.

Although, the CBG molecule seemed to kill common MRSA (multiple-resistant- staphylococcus aureus) and other cells that are notably resistant to antibiotics which can cause repeated infections. The Cannabis molecule also helped to get rid of "bio-films" of MRSA that can accumulate on the skin or medical implants.

Eric Brown, study lead and professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at Mc Master university said: "This research became top of mind for us. There has been some stigma of investing in this kind of research, but there's increasing anecdotal evidence of the medicinal use of cannabis. The stigma seems to be waning." He also added: "CBG proved to be marvelous at tackling pathogenic bacteria. The findings suggest a real therapeutic potential for cannabinoids as antibiotics."

Cannabis, similarly to other plants like tee tree or turmeric contains powerful antibacterial and have been used for thousands of years. Plants use those antibacterial molecules to protect themselves from fungal and infections. Usually, when used for humans, these molecules will be useful only for exterior infections. The main difference in the case of cannabis and its derivative cannabigerol is the potential of treating systemic infections, as it was demonstrated in mice at Mc Master University.

 

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