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Yet Another Study Reports That Pot May Halt MRSA

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 9, 2008

    Just days after the New York Times, Scientific American, and other MSM outlets finally got wind that cannabis’ germ-fighting properties can halt the spread of MRSA and other multi-drug resistant pathogens, along comes a second just-released study identifying several new non-cannabinoid compounds in the plant which possess anti-bacterial properties.

    Investigators at the University of Mississippi report the discovery of eleven new non-cannabinoid constituents in cannabis, several of which possess “anti-microbial” (think MRSA), “anti-malarial,” and “anti-leishmanial” (a common skin parasite) activity. Scientists also reported that several of the compounds also possessed anti-inflammatory properties and acted as potent anti-oxidants.

    (The US government, Depart of Health and Human Services actually holds a patent on the use of certain cannabinoids as anti-oxidants and neuroprotectants, which you can read here.)

    In other words, when we speak about the healing powers of the cannabis plant, we really mean the entire cannabis plant. We’re not talking about isolating particular cannabinoids, and we’re most certainly not suggesting patients be forced to consume an oral synthetic version of a single compound a la Marinol.

    Therapeutic cannabis means just that — the therapeutic prowess of the whole plant. We should not advocate for, or accept, anything less.

    32 Responses to “Yet Another Study Reports That Pot May Halt MRSA”

    1. Eddie says:

      Well now, we have scraped the bottom of the ocean, we have searched the dark depths of the jungles, and pretty much looked under rocks, trying to find a new drug to treat the diseases that have plagued mankind, and it was under our nose all the time!

      If it weren’t for all the unnecessary suffering, it would be funny.

      Don’t say “no to drugs” till you try them!!!

    2. Robert says:

      How long will the government keep ignoring studies like these?

    3. soniq420 says:

      It’s as if we are collectively standing on the beach arguing with people that claim there’s no sand present.

      How much freakin evidence do we need?

    4. So, the federal government says there is no use for cannabis, but the federal government holds a patent on the therapeutic use of it? The government is contradicting itself. Government is incompetent.

      That is why you do not vote for big government, be it Bush, McCain, or Obama. Vote for the libertarian party. They stand for personal freedom and liberties no matter what.

    5. Carroll says:

      Well it looks like the media is not completely bought out here! It is good that two major publications did cover this.

      Maybe the reason I never get bacterial infections anymore is pot?

      Just a thought.

    6. H20420 says:

      If marijuana was legal drug companies would lose billions of dollars, that’s the only reason I can come up with that explains why pot is still illegal.

      They should just legalize it, perscribe it and sell it in stores, like medication. I’m pretty sure they could find a way to get some revenue in their pockets, people do pay for convienience. Whoever would lose out on pot being legal might fear that people would just grow it and not pay for it.

      But just because I can bake my own bread doesn’t mean I wouldn’t go buy a loaf in the store instead.

    7. ZAC FROM SANTA CRUZ says:

      ITS SAD BECAUSE OF HOW HIPPOCRITICAL THE SYSTEM IS. YOU CAN ONLY USE THEIR DRUGS. WHY CANT YOU GROW YOUR OWN MEDICINE? TAXES. IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO $$$. AS LONG AS THEY DONT GET A PIECE ITS NOT GOOD FOR US OR SO THEY SAY….

    8. cannabispatient says:

      Please people lets stop this madness! 100 years from now people are going to look back at prohibition and scratch their heads and wonder just WTF people were thinking. The more you step back and try to view the situation from a different perspective the crazier it all looks. It just amazes me that we learned that alcohol prohibition didnt work years ago, but yet we are still banging our heads against the wall trying to enforce oppressive, stupid laws anyway. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

    9. TJ says:

      http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/l9615874-mrsa-vaccine/

      This article goes into a new “sticky substance” that is going to be tested for use against MRSA.

    10. Ray says:

      When the Government won’t even listen to their own reports (Shafer Report anyone) we need a whole lotta sand

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