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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Lab Testing Reveals EnviroTextile’s Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph Bacteria

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Glenwood Springs, CO (PRWEB) June 20, 2013

Rampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily. One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China’s military: industrial hemp. Staph is spread by direct contact and by touching items that are contaminated such as towels, sheets, privacy curtains, and clothing. As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, “It is estimated that each year 2 million Americans become infected during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 of them die. MRSA (an antibiotic resistant strain of staph) is a leading cause of hospital-borne infections.” One of the most important recent discoveries is hemp’s ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and polyethelene allow it to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time.

Unknown to many, hemp fabrics exist in today’s market that can replace each of these transmission prone hospital items. Technological improvements for hemp textile development began in the early 90s when EnviroTextile’s lead textile engineer, Barbara Filippone, began working with hemp in China. To date, the company has over 100 hemp and hemp blended fabrics available to suit any traditional fabric application. In addition to staph resistance, other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use.

Hemp fabric was tested against two bacteria strains, Staphylococcus Aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia). The fabric tested was a hemp blend, 60% hemp and 40% rayon. The staph test sample was already 98.5% bacteria free during the first measurement of the testing, while the pneumonia fabric sample was 65.1% bacteria free. These results, even prior to the tests completion, clearly display the fabrics unique capability at killing bacteria and reducing their spread. This is especially imperative for healthcare facilities.

For infrared testing, the same hemp blend was analyzed resulting in a test result of 0.893, or nearly 90% resistant. Different blended fabrics have the potential to increase the percentage of this initial test, especially fabrics with a higher percentage of hemp. Many of hemp’s applications will benefit our military, and EnviroTextile’s hemp fabrics have recently been approved by the USDA as Federally Preferred for Procurement under their BioPreferred Program.

Thirty one states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 19 have passed pro-hemp legislation. The potential for military and national adoption of hemp appears to be moving forward expeditiously considering a decade’s long ban. As science continues to “rediscover” the benefits of hemp for society, the solution is emerging from the fog of prohibition. Hemp is no longer an ancient fiber and it is well on its way to be the future of fabric.

EnviroTextiles is woman-owned industrial hemp and natural fiber manufacturing company with their headquarters in Glenwood Springs, CO, and is the largest manufacturer/importer of hemp and natural fiber textiles and products in the United States. EnviroTextiles proudly sells their products in the U.S. and to over 70 countries worldwide. The company presently has their presence in the US, China, and Mexico, and focuses on natural fiber resources and economic development in regions with commodity levels of various natural fibers.

References:

1.    Survival of Enterococci and Staphylococci on Hospital Fabrics and Plastic – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC86187/

2.    San Francisco Chronicle, “HEALTH / High staph infection rates in hospitals stun public health officials / New study reports lethal drug-resistant bacteria widespread” – http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/HEALTH-High-staph-infection-rates-in-hospitals-2554708.php

For more information please contact:

EnviroTextiles, LLC

Email: info(at)envirotextile(dot)com

Phone: (970) 945-5986

Website: http://www.EnviroTextile.com

3214 South Grand Avenue

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Investment Relations: dan(at)envirotextile(dot)com







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