Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the most studied cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, is known for its incredible health benefits. This small compound can act on our body’s endocannabinoid system and exert anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety, analgesic, anti-tumor, and neuroprotective effects.
And these are just the effects we are most aware of. Experts suspect that CBD can be used in many more health applications and continue to investigate new positive effects it can have on our bodies.
Recently, Dr. Mark Blaskovich, Senior Research Chemist at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in the University of Queensland, presented his very interesting findings on a new CBD effect that can forever revolutionize medical treatments.
In fact, CBD may be even more effective than common antibiotics, since it was able to kill the bacteria that had developed a very high resistance to those antibiotics. Also, CBD’s effectiveness did not decrease after treatment over extended periods of time, and the bacteria weren’t able to develop resistance against it either.
Moreover, CBD did not only successfully kill a wide range of bacteria, but it was also successful at disrupting biofilms, which are something like communities of bacteria and other microorganisms that can settle on any given surface and generate infections that are very difficult to treat.
The study showed very promising results that, although not performed in humans and therefore unable to yield solid conclusions as to whether CBD can work as a sole treatment for infections, can pave the way to further research and development of new antibiotic strategies.
This research was co-funded by a drug discovery company and presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, which was attended by more than 30.000 scientists and health professionals. This can open new paths for other studies and even cooperative investigations among pharmaceutical companies and research centers, regarding the many uses of CBD in medical treatments for all types of bacterial and microorganism infections.