Cannabinoids and their Potential in Inhibiting Bacteria: Exploring the Antibacterial Properties
Cannabigerol (CBG) in Cannabis Shows Potential in Combating MRSA
Scientists from McMaster University in Canada have discovered that a chemical compound in cannabis called Cannabigerol (CBG) has the potential to eliminate the notorious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. In contrast to traditional antibiotics to which MRSA is resistant, CBG effectively treated MRSA in mice during experiments.
CBG is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. The study examined all 18 known cannabis compounds and found that CBG exhibited significant antibacterial, biochemistry, and biological activity at McMaster. This led the research team to synthesize CBG in large quantities for further detailed research.
The researchers found that CBG was effective in preventing biofilm formation. Biofilm refers to a group of bacteria growing on a surface. This action was achieved by targeting the membrane of small-sized bacteria, according to Eric Brown, a professor at McMaster. CBG, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, demonstrated remarkable efficiency against bacteria, particularly paratuberculosis. The results suggest the therapeutic potential of cannabis compounds in combating infectious diseases.
However, Brown emphasized the need for additional steps to enhance the compound’s effectiveness against bacteria and reduce the risk of alcohol toxicity. He acknowledged the hesitation in investing in this type of research due to the legal status of cannabis in Canada but noted a shift in perspectives with increasing evidence on the medicinal use of cannabinoids and a decreasing stigma associated with cannabis research.
While prior studies linked a decrease in bone markers with an ultimate increase in bone density, the changes associated with CBD and bones suggest improvements in bone density. Based on these case study results, the researchers recommend conducting large randomized controlled trials on CBD’s inhibitory properties in postpartum women.
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