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The quest for new antibiotics has led researchers to a surprising candidate: the marijuana compound CBD.
A new study finds that CBD, or cannabidiol, is "remarkably effective" at killing bacteria, at least in a test tube, the researchers in the new study said. The results showed that CBD had antibiotic effects against a number of so-called Gram-positive bacteria, including types of staph and strep bacteria, as well as strains that had become resistant to other antibiotic drugs.
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Still, the results are very preliminary, and people should absolutely not self-treat infections with CBD at this time, the researchers said.
The study was conducted in collaboration with Botanix Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a drug-discovery company that's investigating uses of synthetic cannabidiol for a range of skin conditions. The company also helped fund the study.
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The work will be presented today (June 23) in San Francisco at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology; the research has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
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CBD has garnered a lot of attention in recent years for its potential to provide therapeutic effects without producing the high typically associated with marijuana. But so far, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved CBD only in prescription-drug form for treating rare types of childhood epilepsy.
In addition, studies suggest that CBD may have anti-inflammatory effects, but whether it also has antibiotic effects has been unclear.
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In the new study, the researchers tested whether a synthetically produced form of CBD could kill different types of bacteria.
In experiments in lab dishes, the synthetic CBD did just as well as the prescription antibiotics vancomycin and...
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