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Cannabis and Antibiotics

Can Cannabis Replace Bacteria Resistant Antibiotics?

Many of you are probably aware that antibiotics have been misused and overused in this country. As a result, many bacteria have become antibiotic resistant. Instead of being killed by antibiotics, the bacteria change in a way that causes them to multiply, causing more harm. Most of you know that one of the many benefits of cannabis is its antibiotic property. In the US, at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria. 23,000 of them die as a result. Sadly, the mainstream media rarely talks about cannabis as a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics. Cannabis researchers are unclear on the mechanism of how the plant acts as an antibiotic. More research on the cannabis plant would most likely provide answers to this mystery.

This article showcases 5 cannabinoids with antibiotic properties that are particularly effective in fighting MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus). This bacteria is responsible for many difficult-to-treat infections in humans. Here’s a link to more information about the MRSA Super Bug.

THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol 

Almost everyone knows that THC is the psychotropic cannabinoid. But, it also acts to kill streptococci and staphylococci, more commonly known as strep and a staph infection. A dosage as small as 1-5 micrograms per milliliter was shown to kill the bacteria in a laboratory setting. However, 50 micrograms was required when tested in blood.

It is interesting to note that bacteria like E.coli and helicobacter pylori which cause stomach distress were resistant to isolated THC. Full extract cannabis showed a moderate amount of effectiveness against E. coli and a high amount of effectiveness against Pseudomonas aeruginoisa. The latter causes respiratory, skin and urinary tract infections. The full extract was highly effective against Bacillis subtillis which is responsible for food poisoning.

CBN – Cannabinol

For those unfamiliar with CBN, as THC oxidizes, (exposure to oxygen over time) it converts to CBN which has no psychotropic effects. This is why older, poorly stored cannabis has higher levels of CBN than fresh flower stored in an air-tight container. In a 2008 study, researchers Giovanni Appendino and Simon Gibbons treated MRSA  with different cannabinoids in a laboratory setting. It was shown that CBN along with THC, CBD, CBC and CBG were effective in treating MRSA.

CBD – Cannabidiol

CBD is a well-known cannabinoid, especially in controlling epileptic seizures without psychotropic effects. It has many other properties, including antibacterial. Researchers are unclear exactly how it works, but it effectively kills MRSA. According to Gibbons, “it appears to be unaffected by the mechanism that superbugs like MRSA use to evade traditional antibiotics.” What this means, practically speaking, is that fiber hemp plants may be the answer to easily and cheaply producing potent antibiotics.

CBC – Cannabichromene

One reads little about CBC, but it is actually one of the most common cannabinoids found in the plant. It is most prevalent in strains originating in the Afghan and Pakistan regions where the ratio of CBC to CBD is almost equal. In the same study as cited above, Appendino and Gibbons found CBC to be effective in fighting MRSA. Research to substantiate the claim that CBC has strong antibacterial and mild antifungal properties goes as far back as 1981.

CBG – Cannabigerol

CBG is the mother of all other cannabinoids, so to speak. As the cannabis plants age and mature, CBG acid breaks down into the different cannabinoids such as THC, CBD and CBC. Earlier research showed that CBG had antibacterial and antifungal effects. CBG as an effective tool against MRSA was discovered in the same 2008 Appendino & Gibbons study.

Please share this information. As the continued overuse and ineffectiveness of conventional antibiotics becomes more and more worrisome, cannabis has great potential to replace bacteria resistant traditional antibiotics.

Source:, 5 Ways The Cannabis Plant Could Be A Revolutionary Antibiotic, Anna Wilcox, April, 2017

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