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Antibiotic Effects: Everything You Need to Know

The medicinal industries in both the Pharmaceutical and Cannabis sector are watching how this super plant will change the management of pain and many other issues that we as humans deal with on a daily basis.   Cannabidiol (CBD) antibiotic effects, is the reason why you need to know about this new and exciting plant. 

So does CBD really have antibiotic benefits?

The Studies say yes.

Cannabidiol (abbreviated as CBD) is one of the numerous therapeutic compounds (phytocannabinoids) that are found in cannabis.  CBD is one of the two prominent therapeutic cannabinoids; the other is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which unlike CBD has psychoactive effects. This difference, is why CBD is preferable as a therapeutic compound.

Many studies, both preclinical and clinical, have been done to investigate the medicinal benefits of CBD. Notably, CBD has been shown to help in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Tumor suppression
  • Poor sleep
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis

It is now emerging that CBD also helps in fighting bacterial infections. If this is true, CBD may help to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance that is increasingly becoming a concern. A few preclinical studies have shown that CBD has potential benefit in this area. Let’s look at what these studies have shown. 

A study that was conducted by researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and published in the Journal Scientific Reports showed that CBD acts a “helper compound” to enhance the therapeutic effects of antibiotics. 

In this study, CBD was used alongside the antibiotic Bacitracin to treat gram positive bacteria- staph aureus. The study showed that when CBD was combined with Bacitracin the healing effect was greater. In the study, CBD reduced the amount of Bacitracin needed to treat the infection. 

When CBD in conjunction with bacitracin was given to patients battling staph aureus infection the bacteria stopped multiplying. Additionally, the cell membranes of the bacteria became unstable and weakened.

Apart from CBD, another phytocannabinoid known as CBG has also been shown to have antibacterial effects.

Staph aureus is a common type of bacteria that causes infections such as pneumonia, skin, and heart valve infections.