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As the cold and flu season approaches, we contemplate “keeping germs to ourselves”.

Did you know that Cannabis has antiseptic properties?
Did you know that Cannabis may be the antibiotic of the future?

 

Scientists from Italy and the United Kingdom, who began publishing their research in the Journal of Natural Products (2008), have proven that all five cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN) are potent against bacteria.123

“Notably, they performed well against bacteria that were known to be multi drug resistant, like the strains of MRSA that plagued U.K. hospitals” and continue to proliferate in modern societies.1  

Cannabinoids are substances unique to the cannabis plant, secreted by the cannabis flower. When ingested, cannabinoids interacts with our Endocannabinoid system, mediating synapse responses (cell/nerve communication), and providing a wide-range of symptom relief from things such as pain, inflammation, depression, insomnia, and seizures.

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era,” says Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the Assistant Director General for the World Health Organization’s Health Security department, after the WHO released its first ever global report on antibiotic resistance. 2

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Cannabis was first studied in the 1950’s, by the U.S., as a successful treatment for Tuberculosis and other diseases.3 Researches are now recommending that cannabis be a source of new and effective antibiotic products.

Since two of the most potently antibacterial cannabinoids are non-psychoactive and appear in abundance in the fast-growing hemp plant, producing the antibiotics of the future could be quick and simple.2 The attraction for recreational users would be lower and hemp seeds cheaper to purchase, vs. lab-grade pharmaceuticals.

The targeting methods of these cannabinoids is still a mystery to the scientific world. Research has yet to produce an answer as to how?

“Everything points towards these compounds having been evolved by the plants as antimicrobial defences that specifically target bacterial cells…But the actual mechanism by which they kill the bugs is still a mystery,” says Simon Gibbons, of the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, U.K. 3

What we can say we know for sure:

Cannabis has antiseptic properties that are extremely powerful and natural VS. any synthetic antibiotic

 We are at the beginning of a race for survival against bacterial mutations that aim to trump our current pharmaceutical approach.

 “The super medicine of the future remains right where it has been for most of the past — in nature, freely available for our use.” 2


1.
Killing bacteria with cannabis. Ars Technica. http://arstechnica.com/science/2008/08/killing-bacteria-with-cannabis/. Published August 26, 2008. Accessed October 5, 2016.
2.
Malandra O. Marijuana: The Super Antibiotic Of The Future. Reset Me. http://reset.me/story/marijuana-the-super-antibiotic-of-the-future/. Published June 26, 2005. Accessed October 5, 2016.
3.
Schultz N. Is Marijuana the Better Antibiotic? ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5787866. Published September 12, 2008. Accessed October 5, 2016. [Source]