Cannabis to Possibly Replace Another Huge Big Pharma Product, Antibiotics, According to Australian Study

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But unless you’re of your rocker from too much Fosters, don’t get your hopes up too high yet.

Nevertheless, in this world plagued by big Pharma epidemics, like the ongoing opioids crisis and the since years already identified — but ever-continuing — antibiotics resilience, Australian scientists discovered that CBD could possibly be used as an alternative to antibiotics in specific cases.

During a test on the bacteria of the Gram-positive class — more specifically staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pneumoniae, respectively responsible for the MRSA bug and pneumonia — they discovered that not only did cannabidiol kill all strains of the bacteria but the bacteria didn’t develop any resilience against the treatment either. The scientists tested exposure to the drug for more than 20 days, the usual period the most resilient bugs can survive antibiotic treatment, and no resistance to the treatment with CBD was developed.

Additionally, the scientists also tested CBD on mice with a skin condition and the results were positive again.

Most interestingly about the results, or at least the study’s team’s honesty is that they admitted that the specifics of the workings aren’t yet known to them and thus CBD — and its medical prospects — need further study.

“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."

"So far, we have only shown it works topically, on the skin surface. To be really useful, it would be good if we could show that it treated systemic infections e.g. pneumonia, or complicated tissue infections, where you have to give it orally or by intravenous dosing. A very preliminary study didn't show that it works in these more difficult models."
Mark Blaskovich, Study Leader and Senior Research Chemist at Centre for Superbug Solutions

Most interesting about this development is that it was the first time that CBD was considered as an alternative to the widespread, and by many doctors used as “miracle solution”, antibiotics.

The study was done using synthetic cannabinoids, according to Blaskovich, but despite the use of synthetic material the Centre did struggle obtaining the required permits from the state.

Blaskovich also emphasized to Newsweek that people shouldn’t ditch their antibiotics yet as all results were obtained in lab conditions, and with test tubes, rather than based on actual analysis on humans.

Ditching antibiotics for a good sativa toke when suffering pneumonia is not [yet] an option.

The study was not published for peer-review, but presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM 2019 in SF, California. Molecular Biology Lecturer Dr. Andrew Edwards, Imperial College London, joined the positive vibes from the study and emphasized that cannabidiols have yet to become appreciated for their antibacterial capacities when treating Gram-positive bacteria caused infections. He even could imagine the substance becoming fast-tracked in clinics if CBD is proven to be efficient.

Together with previously discovered health capabilities of THC and CBD, this study may be one of the most positive — and exciting — discoveries in the medical use field yet as it is estimated that every year up to 1 million of people die from the globally increasing epidemic. In the US alone, more than 2 million people have suffered infections with resilient bacteria.

Yet, as ever, we urgently need more research and, of course, the governments to get their act together and start issuing licenses to universities and academics in order to properly research the properties of cannabis and its components.

Yet, it seems inevitable that some day — hopefully sooner than later — many chemical drugs which may or may not yet have run their course, will be replaced with cannabis derived, or based, solutions.



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Cannabis to Possibly Replace Another Huge Big Pharma Product, According to Australian Study is Fantastic News.

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Early days and as said in the quote, it didn’t yet work on oral or intravenous applications, but the possibilities seem tremendous.

Now for governments to not only legalize and fast-track research but even more to actually also fund them. Fund them before Big Pharma gets its dirty grubs in it and creates whatever who knows again. They already have Epidiolex and there is no doubt they will also invest in mega cannabis plantations, just like we learned from the Johnson suit that the invested in mega poppy farms to cultivate sufficient opioids.

This will be groundbreaking stuff that cannot be ignored if its good enough to tackle superbugs in hospitals, we need something like this

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Totally agree. This is probably one of the most exciting cannabis studies I’ve read [about] in recent years.

Long time passed and no new post from you!
Thanks for sharing this exciting news.
I hope that most of chemical drugs to be replaced with cannabis derived products ... a.s.a.p.
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Thanks, mate. Explained you briefly in DM the background to absence. See also comment reply to writer43. 🤘

Yes, glad to see a recent post from you. I enjoyed it:)

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Thanks, man. Appreciated, even though I felt totally rusty writing it. LOL

Absence 101’ed: Aside from having been rather busy IRL this spring, my grandmother relapsed in her cancer treatment and was hospitalized without any further hope 4-5 weeks ago. After almost a quarter of a decade of no contact with my family (no struggles or problems, just a young adult who went on a holiday and subconsciously started a long search for himself) last year due to circumstances family contact picked up again. She was my last grandparent still alive, none of the others have I been able to ay goodbye to and I always discovered their passing away some time later during the odd google search. Little background here and here.

Due to financial circumstances, living at the other side of the world (Belgium - Philippines) I wasn’t able to visit her and... well every day the guilt that brought hit me harder. She passed away last week, after a month on chemical painkillers.

But, positives matter, she did get around 4 months of additional life after surgery. And one more month hospitalized on painkillers. She’s now liberated from those. :)

Being from Belgium, one of the countries with the worst antibiotics habits since 80s last century (millenium?) this was a rather coincidental news release to write about. Now to get that rust dusted and get news a daily [obligation] again. It, and the awesome community here, will definitely help deal with things. 🤘

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I'm sorry to hear that, I think on some level we can all relate. I lost my mother 3 yrs ago to cancer, the experimental drug didn't work, but there wasn't any other alternative at stage 3. That's why I like this community so much, stoners are always on the same level and there to help people out. Stayed tuned for the next chapter, @Alibi just landed a badass character, that should lift your spirits:)

Really good to have you back, have really missed alibi on smoke... Can't wait to see chemical drugs been replaced with cannabis solutions even globally.