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CBD cannabis compound shows promise as an antibiotic, according to study

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  • Study is very preliminary. People should NOT in any way self-medicate any infection with CBD, researchers say.

A new study found that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, is “highly effective” in killing some types of bacteria. The results show that CBD had antibiotic effects against the bacteria called gram-positive, according to the researchers.

Research author Mark Blaskovich of the Bioscience’s Molecular Institute for SuperBug Solutions at the University of Queensland in Australia also found that CBD showed effectiveness against some bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics.

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The study was conducted in collaboration with Botanix Pharmaceuticals LTD, a company that studies the synthetic uses of cannabidiol for the skin. However, the results are very preliminary.

“Much more work is needed to show that CBD can be used to treat infections in humans” he also told LiveScience that “it would be very dangerous to treat a dangerous infection with cannabidiol instead of specialized antibiotics.”

CBD: medical promise

During the last years, the CBD has gained field in medicine according to its therapeutic effects, easy dosage and without unwanted psychoactivity. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved its use as a prescription drug for children with strange epileptic conditions.

In addition, recently, a tremendous debate arose in the United States as different laboratory analyzes found contaminants such as herbicides and heavy metals in products with CBD that are currently marketed.

Synthetic CBD is here

In this study, the researchers tested whether a synthetic form of CBD could kill various types of bacteria. According to laboratory tests, this form of CBD worked in the same way as prescription antibiotics vancomycin and daptomycin killing some bacterial genes of staphylococcus and streptococcus.

Although antibiotic effectiveness was demonstrated in laboratory dishes known as “in vitro” experiments, these do not always show the same effectiveness in humans. Therefore, researchers will then carry out animal studies to understand the types of infections in which CBD could be effective.

“Not because CBD has antibiotic activity in in vitro tests means that it does the same in the human body,” says Dr. Amesh Adalja.

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