Five Cannabinoids that Demonstrate Antibiotic Properties
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
On April 11, Marijuana News reported compelling new findings they describe as “revolutionary,” and may very well be life-saving.
There have been numerous studies conducted over the last half century in research labs around the world to test the efficacy of cannabis and the components thereof in treating a variety of conditions from chronic pain to multiple sclerosis. However, none have explored the antibiotic properties of cannabis and its affect on infectious organisms, like staph.
The author states, “There is another major medical use for the plant that researchers are only just beginning to explore. The crystally, psychoactive resin that coats cannabis flowers and leaves happen to contain potent antibiotics.”
This is an incredible breakthrough for many reasons, but none more important than that of finding antimicrobial and antibiotic properties that can fight bugs that are resistant to more common antibiotics. Since only one family of antibiotics has been introduced into healthcare over the last 30 years, this is highly significant.
Furthermore, the article outlines five components of cannabis that have antibiotic properties, all of which effectively combat the superbug, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.
MRSA is considered one of the nastiest super bugs, because it shows ultimate resistance to common antibiotic attacks that’s come its way. Nothing has proven effective in fighting this uncomfortable staph infection, nothing, that is, until specific cannabinoids found in cannabis were applied.
Back in the 1950’s after Dr. Raphael Mechoulam “isolated” tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), researchers sought to find properties in cannabis that could be used as a topical antiseptic for mouth and skin maladies. It did not seem that far-fetched considering “the cannabis plant is thought to have developed cannabinoids as a type of external immune system, protecting the herb from environmental threats.”
Simon Gibbons of the School of Pharmacy at the University of London wrote in an MIT Technology Review report, “Everything points towards these compounds having been evolved by the plants as antimicrobial defenses that specifically target bacterial cells, but the actual mechanism by which they kill the bugs is still a mystery. I really cannot hazard a guess how they do it, but their high potency as antibiotics suggests there must be a very specific mechanism.”
The five components found to have antibiotic properties as outlined in this intriguing report are THC, CBN, CBD, CBC, and CBG.
Tetrahydrocannabinol – THC
Not long after it was isolated, studies found antibiotic properties to THC, but in a paper published in 1976, results revealed a small concentration of THC (1-5 micrograms/milliliter), “successfully killed streptococci and staphylococci, two bacteria that cause strep throat and the much-feared staph infection.”
Cannabinol – CBN
CBN is a component of THC. The older the cannabis plant, the more THC turns into the less psychoactive, CBN. This older cannabinoid demonstrated antimicrobial properties, and was used by scientists in 2008, to successfully treat MRSA.
Cannabidiol – CBD
CBD has become quite popular as a remedy for a variety of maladies, including epileptic seizures. However, it seems it is also effective in fighting infections, too, without psychoactive effects. Gibbons stated, “Amazingly, not only did CBD and other cannabinoids effectively kill MRSA, but they don’t seem to respond to the traditional ways that bacteria evade death by an antibiotic.”
Cannabichromene – CBC
This little-known cannabinoid is a bacteria-fighting chemical with strong antibacterial and antifungal properties against E.coli and Candida albicans. This was demonstrated in 1981 and reaffirmed in 1982 through lab research.
Cannabigerol – CBG
This cannabinoid “fosters” all other cannabinoids. It is readily found in younger cannabis plants and as the herb ages, it transforms into other cannabinoid forms. Early research indicated “modest” antibacterial and antifungal effects. Yet, later research puts CBG’s in the same class as the previous cannabinoids as being effective against MRSA.
The results of these studies are revolutionary, and the effectiveness of cannabinoids against super bugs, including MRSA, is extraordinary!
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