You are here

Cannabidiol As Antibiotic?

Drug “Remarkably Effective” at Killing Range of Gram-Positive Bacteria

New research shows that cannabidiol is effective against Gram-positive bacteria, including Staphyloccocus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae, and with a potency akin to such established antibiotics as vancomycin and daptomycin. The research was presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience's Centre for Superbug Solutions discovered that cannabidiol was “remarkably effective” at killing an assortment of Gram-positive bacteria, including those that have become resistant to other antibiotics. 

Cannabidiol’s inherent antimicrobial activity and its anti-inflammatory potential makes further investigation particularly attractive, according to the researchers.

Of equal importance, the drug retained its activity against bacteria that have become highly resistant to other common antibiotics. Under extended exposure conditions that lead to resistance against vancomycin or daptomycin, cannabidiol did not lose effectiveness. The drug was also effective at disrupting biofilms, a form of bacterial growth that causes infections that are difficult to treat.

Source: MedicalXpress, June 24, 2019

Recent Headlines

One in Five Kids’ Office Visits Results in an Off-Label Rx
Related Settlement Would End Many but Not All Lawsuits
Chronic Kidney Patients With Hyperphosphatemia May Be Another Market for the Drug
Nitrosamine Impurity Also Affects Other Ranitidine Drugs
Mesh Implants, Now Banned by FDA, Work as Well as Hysterectomy
Disrupting Gut Microbiome Could Be Key
Drug Boosts Levels of Natural Endocannabinoids
Judicious Use of Antibiotics May Not Be Enough To Defeat Bacteria That Carry On By Going Into a Dormant State
KRAS Oncogene Is a Problematic Target So Researchers Are Trying Workdarounds