Marijuana Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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Forum: International Cannabis News Posted By: Katelyn Baker Post Time: 07-22-2016 at 07:54 AM

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When antibiotic drugs were first discovered in 1928, they revolutionized healthcare. By the end of World War II, their production had exploded.

And then things got a little out of hand.

Today, according to an estimate from the CDC, about half of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States are totally unnecessary. The effects of that over-prescription are disastrous.

According to the World Health Organization, common bacteria are evolving against common medications to become catastrophic once again.

As a result, 2 million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year. 23,000 of those people die. That number is destined to rise as bacteria becomes more and more resistant. Bottom line – we’ve dug ourselves into a real hole here. If only we could come up with a way to dig ourselves out.

Oh wait, nature’s already got us covered…

Cannabis: The Miracle Treatment For Antibiotic Overuse

A few years ago, British and Italian researchers discovered that marijuana – one of the world’s most infamous and commonly-grown plants – has the potential to fight some of the deadliest antibiotic-resistant bacteria out there.

The researchers tested pot against six common super-bacteria, many of which are responsible for epidemic-like outbreaks around the world. In every single case, the herb was able to battle the bacteria with more efficiency than any man-made medicine. Researchers believe cannabis was actually developed by nature for this very purpose.

“Everything points towards these compounds having been evolved by the plants as antimicrobial defenses that specifically target bacterial cells,” said Simon Gibbons, one of the researchers.

The cannabis was most effective when applied topically.

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