Medical Cannabis Surprises
Cannabis Could Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance.
Cannabinoid antibiotics could prove to be part of the solution to the threat of antibiotic resistance. In recent decades, society has started to lose its battle against harmful bacteria. Not only are some types of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, but researchers’ efforts to develop new classes of antibiotics have all but ground to a halt.
A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology in 2011 noted that more than 20 classes of antibiotics were marketed between 1940 and 1962, however just two new classes have emerged since then. This wasn’t always a problem with the development of existing antibiotics proving enough to stave off the threat. Now, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are worryingly common, with gram-negative bacteria a particular concern.
However, it’s not all bad news. Preliminary research shows that one set of compounds could help manage the threat of bacteria, and even destroy super-bugs such as penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Developed from hemp and cannabis, cannabinoid antibiotics could be in your future.
Cannabis compound can curb nausea during chemo.
A cannabis compound that won't get users high can help ease the nausea cancer patients experience when going through chemotherapy, a new University of Guelph study suggests. Published in eNeuro the study is the first to show alternate compounds of the cannabis plant could be used and are just as, or more effective, than other drugs used for nausea. Nausea is a common symptom of many diseases and a side effect of chemotherapy that is not effectively treated by current drugs.
“This work may lead to a host of potential therapeutic benefits,” said psychology professor Linda Parker, who has studied the pharmacological properties of cannabinoids on brain behaviors for almost two decades.
The new study points to better anti-nausea therapies using cannabidiol, as well as a novel drug that elevates a natural cannabinoid (2-AG) in the brain responsible for the sensation of nausea.