Numerous studies have shown that CBD can help treat a host of chronic illnesses and infections thanks to its antiseptic properties. Evidence is mounting that CBD can also help fight bacterial infections.
CBD and THC
CBD and THC are cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa). A strain may deliver these two compounds in the following ratios –
- Low CBD, High THC (trace amounts of CBD, 10% to 30% THC)
- Balanced THC/CBD (5% to 15% CBD and THC)
- Low THC, High CBD (THC under 5%, 5% to 20% CBD)
Strains that are high in CBD deliver functional and clear-headed effects without making you feel intoxicated. People who are highly sensitive to the adverse effects of THC generally prefer high-CBD strains. These strains are ideal for those needing to medicate to control chronic conditions, such as anxiety, inflammation, and pain.
Strains that contain THC and CBD in balanced ratios tend to be more euphoric than CBD-dominant strains. That being said, these cannabis strains are much less likely to cause negative effects, such as paranoia and anxiety. Balanced THC/CBD strains are highly effective for pain relief.
A scientific study reported in the Journal of Natural Products investigated the efficacy of CBD against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a kind of staphylococcus infection. The bacteria has managed to become resistant to the antibiotics that medical practitioners have used to treat it.
As a matter of fact, some MRSA strains have the capability to produce extra bacteria that eliminate antibiotics. However, these highly-resistant strains don’t behave in the same manner in the presence of the cannabidiol.
What’s more, CBD oil has been found to be significantly effective against fighting off the MRSA strains that have become immune to antibiotics.
Fortuitously, individuals are able to use the cannabidiol to fight off infections without experiencing side effects such as lightheadedness and paranoia.
What About THC?
You will be surprised to know that you will not get a feeling of euphoria if you apply the psychoactive cannabinoid THC to your skin. In fact, a paper in 1976 studied the antibacterial effects of THC and found it to be effective against Staphylococcus as well as Streptococcus. Staphylococcus is responsible/accountable for the life-threatening staph infection. In this research paper, the psychoactive compound proved highly effective in concentrations of 1 µg/mL to 5 µg/mL. However, investigators also discovered that CBD and THC were not able to fight off gram-negative bacteria in the blood. Additionally, other tests also found THC to be ineffective against various types of gram-negative bacteria.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. But, physicians are not entirely to blame for overprescribing. Sometimes, patients pressure their doctors for antibiotics and some patients purchase these medications online.
It should be noted that there are no long-term advantages attached to using antibiotics needlessly. Antibiotics overuse accelerates the rate that bacteria becomes immune to these medications that could result in serious health problems for people.