There are many benefits of CBD oil that we know of, but a new study has revealed another fantastic use case. Cannabidiol, aka CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabis derivative, can fight bacteria that have become resistant to common antibiotics.
The World Health Organisation states that resistance to antibiotics is growing to a disturbing level. CBD can become an alternative to antibiotics that causes little to no resistance.
The new research was performed on animals and in the tubes. CBD and two common antibiotics were tested in killing bacteria. It took CBD 3 hours, as compared to 6-8 hours for the meds.
CBD had a very similar potency to that of common antibiotics.Mark Blaskovich, PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia
The study findings are very promising, as CBD can stop bacteria from sticking to its host and thus forming resistance.
The two types of bacteria affected by CBD are gram-positive. They cause various conditions, including pneumonia and skin diseases. Unfortunately, CBD isn’t effective against gram-negative bacteria like salmonella or E.coli, which can cause diarrhea, stomach ache, and fever. However, there’s still too little research on that, and there are preliminary studies that show the perspective of the CBD use against some gram-negative bacteria.
Amesh Adalja from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security confirmed that it’s an outstanding study, but he also warns that it’s important to collect the data systematically and keep everything in context.
Despite the benefits of CBD oil, there are still many unanswered questions about CBD dosing, usage, and side effects, so self-treating infections with CBD is not a good idea.