Scientists Find That CBD May Have The Potential to Replace Antibiotics

Exciting findings have been released regarding the medical effectiveness of CBD, an Australian study has found that CBD may have use as an antibiotic, as demonstrated by its effects on mice with skin infections.

the findings where shown in a presentation on meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Mark Blaskovich, Ph.D., presented evidence that CBD can kill several types of bacteria. Blaskovich, a senior research chemist at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, demonstrated that not only could CBD kill bacteria, but it could even kill some strains of bacteria that are resistant to conventional antibiotics. The research has not yet been published

We still don’t know how it works, and it may have a unique mechanism of action given it works against bacteria that have become resistant to other antibiotics, but we still don’t know how,” he continued.

That being said, cannabidiol, the minimally psychoactive component of cannabis, has some good reason to be hyped up. For some conditions, like certain seizure disorders, CBD has proven to be an extremely safe and effective treatment. And for other conditions, anecdotal reports have pushed forward the scientific community’s efforts to explore the molecule’s reported benefits.

And what is the conclusion? Should you ditch antibiotics in favor of CBD?

The results of the Australian CBD antibiotic study were presented at the American Society for Microbiology’s annual conference, during which Blaskovich was asked what people should do if they are ready to sub CBD out for their antibiotic prescription. He counseled patience. 

“Don’t!” the doctor replied. “Most of what we have shown has been done in test tubes—it needs a lot more work to show it would be useful to treat infections in humans … It would be very dangerous to try to treat a serious infection with cannabidiol instead of one of the tried and tested antibiotics.”

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