Study: CBD Effective at Killing Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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By TG Branfalt

A study published this week in the Communications Biology journal suggests that CBD could be used to kill Gram-negative bacteria. The bacteria is responsible for diseases such as gonorrhea, meningitis, and legionnaires disease.

The researchers note that synthetic CBD was used in the study.

The study was conducted by researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland and Botanix Pharmaceuticals Limited. It marks the first time the cannabinoid has been found to kill Gram-negative bacteria and, according to researchers, could lead to the first new class of antibiotics for resistant bacteria in 60 years.

The UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Associate Professor Dr. Mark Blaskovich explained that some Gram-negative bacteria “have an extra outer membrane, an additional line of defense that makes it harder for antibiotics to penetrate.”

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