Cannabinoids – Cannabis the Antibiotics of the Future

Cannabinoïden – Cannabis het antibioticum van de toekomst

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The whole of nature is based on adaptability. If you know you can adapt to the changing environment you, otherwise not survive. So we humans are the most adaptive creatures on earth. But we are not completely safe from changing nature. For by the heavy use of antibiotics, certain viruses become resistant and form a threat to humans again. Fortunately cannabis can this dangerous MRSA indeed. 

MRSA

Nowadays a danger to human bacteria which we thought to have control again. Some pose a serious health risk, with death. And while you might think that modern medicine can handle these infections are precisely those medicines they made again so dangerous.

Bacteria have, over time, ie learn to adapt to commonly used antibiotics. As a result, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged. The bacterium is resistant to most antibiotics, and is therefore difficult to control. MRSA is also known as the hospital bacteria, because especially people with weakened immune systems are the victims of it. In hospitals and nursing homes are not to foresee the consequences of such a bacterial infection.

Die each year worldwide there are already 700,000 people to infection by resistant bacteria. But according to British researchers will die ten million from 2050 year by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Where “normal” antibiotics fail in combating MRSA bacteria, is super-antibiotic cannabis like the baton – successfully – on. [Photo: shutterstock / Oleg Malyshev]

Cannabis as antibiotic

A group of British and Italian scientists contributed already a possible solution to this problem in 2008.After examining five common cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, six currently relevant forms of MRSA, shows that cannabis can stop the growth of these bacteria.

These cannabinoids (active substances from the cannabis plant) according to the investigation show potent activity seen against the bacteria. Simon Gibbons, one of the authors of the study, said in an interview following the investigation: “Everything indicates that these components are developed by the plant as an anti-microbial defense mechanisms that specifically target bacterial cells.”

How these substances are exactly work the researcher does not know. “I would not dare guess how they do it once, but the potential as antibiotic suggests that it is a very specific mechanism.” Following the study, the scientists recommended cannabis as the source for new effective antibiotics, which generally at this time should be accepted and used.

Co-author of the study Giovanni Appendino said about it: “The most practical application of cannabinoids would be externally now, to treat ulcers and wounds in hospitals. So you can greatly reduce the use of antibiotics. “

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