There has been a lot of research recently into the potential uses of cannabis and attention has turned to using marijuana as an antibiotic. This may seem strange to some people, but researchers have been looking at this idea seriously. While this area of cannabis research hasn’t been as well funded as other areas, such as epilepsy and cancer for example, there has been a little more interest shown in the area with scientists looking at how cannabis can help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.
Early research has focused on whether cannabis can be used to help prevent against MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) – more commonly known as the “Super Bug”. This bug causes around ten thousand deaths every year according to the CDC, and is growing at an alarming rate.
Not many people know that research into the potential benefits of cannabis as a solution to this problem has been restricted and lessened because of the restrictions on the substance with regards to its research, but with the ever increasing relaxation of the laws regarding both medicinal and recreational marijuana, hope is being raised that cannabis can play a key part.
In fact, the federal prohibition on medical marijuana was abolishedin 2015, so up until that point, research was virtually non-existent. But there were a few pieces of research which did in fact take place, like in 2008, when a group of Italian and British researchers identified that marijuana can in fact halt MRSA in its tracks.
In their research, the team focus on testing five of marijuana’s most common cannabinoids in response to a few different strains of the “Super Bug”, including the epidemic EMRSA strains, which are commonly seen in our hospitals up and down the country. The team found that each cannabinoid had what they called “potent activity” against many different types of bacteria, including the “Super Bug”.
The team concluded that marijuana could in fact be one of the best antibiotics available at the moment. This is added to the list of accolades that cannabis already has in helping reverse inflammation, as well as being a great antioxidant.
It certainly appears that medicinal marijuana could have so many uses in the medical field that we have yet to realise. With the rates of the “Super Bug” increasing, researchers firmly believe that cannabis has an important part to play in preventing the spread of this terrible virus. Let’s hope research is extended to roll out the treatment across the country.
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