As public health organizations issue dire warnings about the rising threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a surprising hero may rush in just in time to save the day. A new study has found that cannabidiol (commonly known as CBD) is remarkably effective at killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria.
Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since their widespread use began many decades ago. Infections that were once a death sentence were easily treated with the medications.
Unfortunately, many antibiotics are now becoming ineffective because bacteria have become resistant to the drugs – they have mutated into "superbugs" that are becoming nearly impossible to treat.
Thankfully, CBD may offer a solution.
Before we talk about the antibiotic properties of CBD, here's a brief overview of the substance and how it works.
What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD is a fascinating compound that has tremendous therapeutic value. It is one of over 100 compounds found in Cannabis sativa plants that belong to a class of ingredients called cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are a diverse set of chemical compounds that bind to special receptors in the human body that make up what is known as the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system which plays many important roles in the human body. It is responsible for the physical and psychological effects of cannabis.
While people (and their animal companions) are finding CBD provides them with relief for a wide range of ailments including arthritis, chronic pain, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep troubles, one area in which CBD may become a true lifesaver is as a treatment for drug-resistant infections.