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US NewsCannabis shows promise as a potential antibiotic treatment

14:56  24 june  2019
14:56  24 june  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A chemical found in cannabis plants - that is safe to ingest and doesn't make you high - has the potential to become a powerful new kind of antibiotic, scientists have claimed.

Researchers have found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive substance found in cannabis, was "remarkably effective" at treating bacterial skin infections in mice.

This has raised hopes the cannabis could one day be used to kill a wide range of bacteria behind human skin infections such as carbuncles and folliculitis, where the follicles become inflamed - and potentially other kinds of bacterial infections as well.

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Long-lasting effectiveness

Furthermore, the drug did not lose it's effectiveness after extended treatment in the experiments.

This suggests it would be difficult for bacteria to build up significant resistance to them - something that is seen as increasingly important as key as bacteria are becoming resistant to established antibiotics.

"Cannabidiol is a promising new antibiotic worth further investigation," said lead researcher Mark Blaskovich, of the University of Queensland.

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Dr Blaskovich cautioned that it was early days, with experiments so far carried out on mice and in test tubes. Much more research needed to determine to how the chemical works and whether it could be used to treat humans, he said.

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However, he said there is a possibility that the chemical could transform the field of antibiotics.

New kind of mechanism

"What may be really exciting, but we don't know yet, is how it works. If it kills bacteria by a new mechanism not used by existing antibiotics, that would be really exciting," he said.

The research was presented at The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Vienna.


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In November, home secretary Sajid Javid introduced legislation which made it possible for doctors to prescribe cannabis for medical reasons for the first time.

This was after a review of scientific evidence suggesting that cannabis was effective for some medical conditions.

Patient frustration

However, many NHS patients have been frustrated by what they see as a slow and bureaucratic system that has denied them access to cannabis treatments.

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This is due to problems with persuading doctors that cannabis is the right option, obtaining licenses for cannabis-based products, and even transporting them once they’re in the UK.

Cannabis is thought to be extremely effective at helping to control epileptic seizures.

It has also been demonstrated to significantly improve the symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease and the patient's quality of life.

Other research suggests that cannabis plants could potentially be used as effective treatments for alcohol, cocaine and a range of other "substance-use disorders".

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