Saturday, September 6, 2008

Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSA

With all the depressing McCain/Palin media blather, everyone needs a little good news this week...so, cheer up!

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Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSA

Study Shows Cannabinoids May Be Useful Against Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

By Caroline Wilbert
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD


Sept. 4, 2008 — Chemicals in marijuana may be useful in fighting MRSA, a kind of staph bacterium that is resistant to certain antibiotics.

Researchers in Italy and the U.K. tested five major marijuana chemicals called cannabinoids on different strains of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). All five showed germ-killing activity against the MRSA strains in lab tests. Some synthetic cannabinoids also showed germ-killing capability. The scientists note the cannabinoids kill bacteria in a different way than traditional antibiotics, meaning they might be able to bypass bacterial resistance.

At least two of the cannabinoids don't have mood-altering effects, so there could be a way to use these substances without creating the high of marijuana.

MRSA, like other staph infections, can be spread through casual physical contact or through contaminated objects. It is commonly spread from the hands of someone who has it. This could be in a health care setting, though there have also been high-profile cases of community-acquired MRSA.

It is becoming more common for healthy people to get MRSA, which is often spread between people who have close contact with one another, such as members of a sports team. Symptoms often include skin infections, such as boils. MRSA can become serious, particularly for people who are weak or ill.

In the study, published in the Journal of Natural Products, researchers call for further study of the antibacterial uses of marijuana. There are "currently considerable challenges with the treatment of infections caused by strains of clinically relevant bacteria that show multi-drug resistance," the researchers write. New antibacterials are urgently needed, but only one new class of antibacterial has been introduced in the last 30 years. "Plants are still a substantially untapped source of antimicrobial agents," the researchers conclude.
And there are plenty more benefits where that came from. More information:

Medical marijuana research archive (NORML)

Medical Marijuana Archive (MAPS)

Rx Marijuana (CannaNation.com)

Also, check out the candidates' stands on medical marijuana. This website was originally intended as a guide for voting in the New Hampshire primary, but it is interesting that Barack Obama gets an A and John McCain gets an F.

It shows how polarized this election really is, in just about every respect.

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5 comments:

yellowdog granny said...

i'm thinking someday they will find that marijuana is a miracle cure and will cure cancer...

JoJo said...

Not to mention the unbelievable cash cow it'd be for the govt if it was taxed. Do you have any idea how many people would come out of the pot smoking closet??

My hubby has a version of that shirt that says, "Marijuana...Hey at least it's not crack!"

John Powers said...

This post touches on a number of points, so different things pop out. What first struck me were new drugs for infections. Last month there was a piece in The New Yorker Superbugs by Jerome Groopman that left me slack-jawed. I have a frantic rant on why we all should care about TB, but it's pretty clear to me that most people could care less. We tend to think "they'll figure something out" when really we ought not be so sure.

white rabbit said...

Maybe they should hand it out in hospitals.

Unlikely, I'd think.

Have a peep at WR today ;)

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