Canadian Researchers Study Chemical Compound In Cannabis That Can Destroy Resistant MRSA Superbug
A chemical compound found in cannabis could save thousands of lives by destroying the feared MRSA superbug, according to Canadian researchers. Scientists say the disease kills about 19,000 people every year in the US alone and it is resistant to many kinds of antibiotic.
A team of researchers used CBG (cannabigerol), a cannabinoid, to treat MRSA in mice. They tested about 18 different commercially available cannabinoids and established that all displayed antibiotic activity with CBG being the most capable one. The team was hoping that the cannabinoid displays antibacterial activity against the MRSA, and it did. It did not allow the bacteria to form biofilms and destroy cells.
Unlike THC, the CBG compound is non-hallucinogenic, so it will not get users high, but it could save their lives. Brown said the research “opens a therapeutic window”.
Refining the mass compound will make it better to work against the MRSA bacteria. This has been possible since the stigma associated with cannabis is slowing decreasing, allowing scientists to explore its uses further. The latest found compound is called THCP. Researchers are increasingly working on and discovering new compounds.
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