Weed to fight serious infections

08Sep08

WebMD reports that a researchers have found chemicals in Cannabis sativa may be used to combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

Staphylococcus aureus is a commensal on our skin. In about a third of the population, it can also be found in the nose and throat. Disease occurs when there’s a break in the skin or mucosa.

MRSA is a variant of S. aureus which is resistant to penicillin and cephalosporins. This presents a problem for patients who have hospital-acquired MRSA since this makes infections more difficult to treat resulting in longer hospital stays. Complications include sepsis and pneumonia. MRSA causes increased incidence of morbidity and mortality.

There are five cannabinoids, chemicals found in marijuana, that researchers are looking into which may potentially be used in a new class of antibiotics.

Kill the buggers off while getting high. Niiice.

Advertisements


No Responses Yet to “Weed to fight serious infections”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: