Scientists from Italy and the United Kingdom, who published their research in the Journal of Natural Products last month, say that cannabis-based creams can be used to treat persistent skin infections. Substances harvested from pot plants can outperform antibiotics in the battle against drug-resistant bacteria. The compounds, called cannabinoids, appear to be unaffected by the mechanism that superbugs like MRSA use to evade existing antibiotics.
Cannabis has been used as a treatment for turbuerculosis among other diseases since the 1950s, contains substances with antibacterial properties. Unfortunately, there is limited knowledge about these properties since medical weed wisdom is usually clouded with controversy.
Giovanni Appendino of the Piemonte Orientale University, in Italy, and Simon Gibbons of the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, U.K., have revisited the antibiotic power of marijuana by systematically testing different cannabinoids’ ability to kill MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) a bacterium that can cause infections and does not respond to many antibiotics.
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