Pharmacists and chemists have found another use for the multipurpose cannabis as a source of antibacterial chemicals for multidrug resistant bacteria. Ironically, inhaling cannabis is known to damage the lung’s ability to fend off invading pathogens, but the ingredients in cannabis, particularly the cannabinoids, have antiseptic properties. Although scattered research has been conducted since the 1950s, no comprehensive study existed that relates the structure of cannabinoids with antibacterial activity. Giovanni Appendino, Simon Gibbons, and coworkers attempted to remedy that problem by examining the activity of five common cannabinoids and their synthetic derivatives.
Five of the most common cannabinoids.
All five cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN) were potent against bacteria. Notably, they performed well against bacteria that were known to be multidrug resistant, like the strains of MRSA that plagued U.K. hospitals. CBD and CBG have the most potential for consumer use because they are nonpsychotropic.
Besides identifying antibacterial capability, the researchers wanted to figure out why these cannabinoids are so good at killing bacteria. They obviously are very effective at specifically targeting some vital process in the bacteria. Unfortunately, even after extensive work at modifying the cannabinoids and comparing their activities, that targeting mechanism remains a mystery. The scientists were able to figure out that the position of the n-pentyl chain (orange) relative to the terpenoid moiety (blue) serves to control lipid affinity.
These cannabinoids are promising enough to warrant rigorous clinical trials. They are applicable as topical antiseptics, biodegradable antibacterial compounds for cosmetics, and systematic antibacterial agents.
Did You Know?
The U.S. obtained a patent in October of 2003 titled, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” Assigned to the U.S. as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services. In this patent it claims that, “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism” and that this makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases including those which are age-related, along with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. (1)
What are Cannabinoids?
This group of active compounds found in marijuana is also referred to as terpenophenolic chemicals. There are a variety of specific cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis, commonly known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. These are the active compounds responsible for marijuana’s therapeutic, and psychoactive abilities.
Although the U.S. government holds this patent, officials still deny the benefits of marijuana to medical patients in most U.S. states and in all states on a federal level. Why is the government so unwilling to green light medical research to further prove the medicinal properties of marijuana? Over half of the American population believe that doctors should be able to prescribe the drug, but still the Federal Government does not recognize our rights as citizens to use it as medication legally even though they hold a patent that acknowledges its benefits as an antioxidant with neuroprotective abilities.
The Arizona Department of Health Services accepts petitions to add debilitating medical conditions to the list of conditions treated under the Medical Marijuana Program in January and July of each year (specific dates yet to be announced). Several of these petitions will go to public hearing.
For articles submitted as a part of these petitions, GO HERE.
If you would like to submit a petition, ADHS will accept them via US mail at the following address:
P.O. Box 19000
Phoenix, AZ 85005
Petitions must be complete, and include all components including:
- A completed submittable cover sheet
- Description of the symptoms, and physiological effects experienced by the individual suffering from the condition
- Availability of conventional treatments that treat the medical condition
- Summary of evidence that marijuana can provide therapeutic relief
- Articles, scientific journals and reports of the results of research on the specific condition
After submitting your petition, ADHS will notify you within 30 days that your petition was received, and will then be initially reviewed.
With your petition you must prove:
The specified medical condition or treatment of the condition impairs the ability of the individual to accomplish activities of daily living. Marijuana usage provides a therapeutic benefit to an individual suffering from the condition or treatment of the medical condition. ADHS will either add the medical condition to the list of debilitating medical conditions or provide a written notice to you of a denial within 180 days.
May is recognized nationally as the month to raise awareness of skin cancer, the most diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Arizona is the no 2 in the entire world for skin cancer incidence rates, second only to Australia. It is estimated that over two million people in the US will be diagnosed with skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays (UV rays). These rays produced by the sun only get more powerful in the summer months. In Arizona, temperatures stay above 100 degrees most of the day, and many people still spend an 8 hour work day outside.
In order to help lower your risk, follow these protective tips:
- Cover your skin with breathable clothing, and wear a hat with a broad rim
- Avoid the peak hours for UV rays (10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
- Stay in the shade whenever possible
- Wear sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF factor that protects from both UVA, and UVB rays
- Wear sun glasses that have strong UV protection
Did you know that sunburns can trigger a reaction in the body that continues for up to 24 hours after exposure? To minimize damage, add Britt’s Balms to your sun after-care regimen.
Skin care is important and even though many people don’t have time to pamper themselves, the basics can help keep your skin healthy, and beautiful for years to come. Moisturize skin, limit exposure to weather and pollutants, and avoid damaging products containing parabens, and artificial ingredients. Need sun-protective products? Shop Here!
Safety and Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD), a Major Non-Psycotrobic Compound of Cannabis sativa Clinically Tested
The active components in Cannabis have been studied in hundreds of studies. Recently at the University of Sao Paulo, investigators review over 130 of these papers assessing the impact of these compounds called cannabidiols, or CBDs. CBDs have been shown to have an impact in humans and animals in clinical trials. Studies have shown the effects of multiple cannibinoid extracts were excluded from analysis.
Several studies have suggested that CBDs are well tolerated in humans at high doses. It is also suggested that these compounds are non-toxic in normal cells. Studies also suggest that CBD does not have any impact on physiological functions like heart rate, blood pressure or body temperature, the gastrointestinal tract, or alter psychomotor functions.
A recent study showed safety and side effects of the Cannabis sativa constituent CBD.
Conclusions of the authors reporting the findings say that, “Based on recent advances in cannabinoid administration in humans, controlled CBD may be safe in humans and animals. However, further studies are needed to clarify these reported in vitro and in vivo side effects.”
The therapeutic properties of CBDs are well documented and studies of cannabinoids continue to see what ability they possess for a variety of therapeutic uses like: inflammation, diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, bone density and other health problems. However, CBD is still classified under federal law as a Schedule I drug, prohibited for possession and known to have “no medicinal use for treatment in the United States.”
Today we share something greater than just a celebration, we support our rights and the rights of us all as Americans. If you are celebrating our freedom today, or just supporting the rights of patients to choose a safe, healthy medicine… I’m right there with you. I believe it in protecting my rights, written in the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and I hope you do too. Happy Holidays.