CBD Hemp Oils are Warriors Against Bad Bacteria
One of the most impressive and potentially valuable properties of cannabidiol (or CBD) is its powerful antibacterial properties for fighting germs.
Effective antibiotics have been one of the main pillars that allow humans to reap the benefits of modern medicine – like the flu shot – allowing us to live longer and more vibrantly than ever before.
Unfortunately, we also live in an age where the improper and overuse of antimicrobials in humans and animals is causing rising drug resistance. This, in turn, is producing superbugs – or dangerous strains of bacteria that are adapting and surviving after coming into contact with antibiotics.
Nasty, dirty bad bacteria suddenly seem unstoppable!
The idea of superbugs may sound like something out of a sci-fi flick, but antibiotics increase selective pressure in bacterial populations, causing vulnerable bacteria to die, and potentially increasing the percentage of resistant bacteria, which continue to grow and spread.
Flesh-Eating Bacteria Are Super Bad
Microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and antimalarials). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the U.S., there are at least 2 million people who become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics. There are also at least 23,000 people who die each year as a direct result of these infections.
“This serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Antibiotic resistance — when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections — is now a major threat to public health.
WHO warns that significant actions should be taken to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we prescribe and use antibiotics.
Healthy Habits Help Bypass Bacteria
- Try washing your hands with soap more frequently
- Gain access to clean drinking water and hydrate properly
- Place stricter infection control in health-care facilities like nursing homes
- Make sure you and your family receive regular vaccinations
- Use anti-bacterial oils topically like CBD hemp oil and tea tree oils that contain natural germ fighters
- Increase your CBD intake and use of other natural antivirals such as tea tree oil
Last February, WHO published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” in a bid to promote research and development of new antibiotics. The list consists of a catalog of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threats to human health.
Bacteria have become resistant to a large number of antibiotics and the need for new antibiotic therapies is urgent. Researchers are now investigating whether the cannabis sativa plant may be an overlooked option to help treat this global problem.
Natural Bacteria-fighting Properties
While governments around the world are beginning to discuss ways in which to mobilize against the threat of drug-resistant bacteria, researchers have been hard at work trying to identify the next generation of drugs that will lead the fight against these rapidly evolving superbugs.
It has been well documented that the cannabis plant contains antibacterial cannabinoids, and that they have the potential to address the antibiotic crisis. Given their non-psychotropic profiles (they don’t make you high), CBD and CBG seemed especially promising for the MRSA bacteria, which is hospital-associated pathogen responsible for conditions ranging from skin infections to life-threatening pneumonia.
Although there have been no clinical trials to test the use of cannabinoids as antibacterial agents, their topical application to reduce skin colonization by MRSA seems promising.
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