Can CBD Fight Super-Bugs?
If you pay any attention to health news, you have likely heard the concerns of many medical professionals regarding the continued rise of new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The very drugs we have come to depend on to treat infections are leading to strains that are difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Researchers are concerned that the new, stronger drugs that may be able to eliminate these types of bacteria may make the problem worse. This is a significant concern, not only in the medical community but also among the general population. A simple infection that once might have been quickly managed at home with a prescription could now lead to an extended hospital stay or even death.
The Latest Research on CBD
Fortunately, new research may have found a possible solution in an unexpected place. Researchers at the Center for Superbug Solutions at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland in Australia have released findings from a study that show Cannabidiol, or CBD may be a solution for fighting infections related to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from cannabis and hemp is growing increasingly popular as a treatment for anxiety, depression, insomnia, epilepsy, pain, and other health issues. These benefits come without the “high” usually associated with cannabis. And, now this compound may be a solution to the growing problem of bacteria that is resistant to currently available antibiotics.
Researchers have discovered other compounds that may fight off these “Super-Bugs.” However, until now, all of the potential solutions had the same problem as before. Over time, the bacteria would develop a resistance creating an even more deadly strain of bacteria without a new way to eliminate it. Fortunately, the research showed that bacteria did not develop a resistance to this new CBD compound. The research team found, in the lab, CBD was effective in treating several common infection causing bacteria such as MRSA, Streptococcus pneumonia, and E. Faecalis, all of which can be life-threatening if left untreated especially for those with weakened immune systems.
So far, all results have been confined to the lab and initial testing on mice. They have already found that results vary widely based on the type of bacteria. Initial research has demonstrated that while CBD appears to be effective against gram-positive infections, it does not show initial promise for gram-negative. Gram-positive bacteria are linked to severe skin infections, pneumonia, and other conditions. Gram-negative bacteria include E. Coli and Salmonella.
More CBD Research Ahead
Researchers warn that they have much more work to do before they make any final conclusions. They don’t recommend patients attempting to use CBD to fight infections until they can better understand how it works and what types of infections it is effective against.
There is much more research and testing to be done. However, if researchers continue to find positive results, CBD could be the solution doctors have been waiting for. We may be adding antibiotics to the growing list of beneficial health uses of this all-natural compound.