Does CBD Hold Key to Antibiotic Resistance?

February 27, 2020

More evidence of CBD’s benefits—but will the FDA make it available to us at reasonable prices? Action Alert!

Researchers have reported that CBD, one of the compounds found in hemp, has shown promise against antibiotic resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). This is in addition to the other benefits of CBD for pain, anxiety, and a number of other conditions. We must ensure that the FDA does not make CBD a monopoly drug and allows CBD to be sold in supplements at therapeutic levels.

The researchers found that CBD was “remarkably effective” at killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria, including bacteria that have become resistant to other antibiotics, and did not lose effectiveness after extended treatment. Gram-positive bacteria, as opposed to Gram-negative bacteria, refers to bacteria that give a positive result in the Gram strain test, which is used to classify bacteria into two categories according to their cell wall. Additionally, CBD was effective at disrupting biofilms, a form of bacteria growth that leads to difficult-to-treat infections.

Public health experts have spoken in near-apocalyptic terms about the scourge of antibiotic resistance: while resistant infections currently kill about 700,000 people a year, it is estimated that by 2050 they will kill 10 million a year. MRSA alone infects 90,000 Americans a year and kills 20,000. We’ve written many times before about the natural medicines that are effective against infections but ignored by conventional medicine; now it seems we might add CBD to the natural health arsenal.

The FDA problem remains, however. Recall that the agency has approved a CBD drug to treat a rare form of epilepsy—a drug that will cost a reported $32,500 a year. It seems to be the FDA’s position that, because of the approved drug, CBD in supplements is now illegal, although the agency has only gone after companies making illegal health claims about CBD (so far). As we wrote previously, the FDA may even go after hemp oil.

The more we learn about CBD, the more we see the incredible health benefits of this natural compound. But the FDA is poised to make this a monopoly drug. Just think: CBD is both a natural, safe, and non-addictive alternative to opioid drugs, which kill more people every year than car accidents; it is also proving effective against drug-resistant bacteria, which kill hundreds of thousands of people across the world every year. But what does the government agency charged with protecting public health do? It turns this compound into a monopoly drug costing tens of thousands of dollars a year. This is crony medicine, through and through.

There is a bill that legalizes CBD supplements. It amends the law to provide an exemption for hemp-derived CBD and any “hemp-derived CBD-containing substance” from rules that apply to dietary supplements when there is an approved drug with that ingredient or if that ingredient is being investigated as a new drug. If approved as is, this bill would allow hemp-derived CBD supplements and hemp oils containing CBD to be sold. This important measure needs our support.

Action Alert! Write to Congress, and tell them to support legislation to legalize CBD supplements! Please send your message immediately.

20 responses to “Does CBD Hold Key to Antibiotic Resistance?”

  1. Carole Henry says:

    CBD needs to be legal nationally. It is useful in many instances. As a hospice social worker I witnessed firsthand the benefits of CBD as a pain killer, an anti-depressant, and as a way to increase appetite. With recent studies showing its usefulness in fighting some strains of bacteria, CBD could be used in even more positive ways. Thank you for your consideration.

  2. Glen Anderson says:

    CBD has MANY EXCITING POSSIBLE USES!!!

    I strongly urge exploring them!!!

  3. Carrie Gleason says:

    Researchers have reported that CBD, one of the compounds found in hemp, has shown promise against antibiotic resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). This is in addition to the other benefits of CBD for pain, anxiety, and a number of other conditions. We must ensure that the FDA does not make CBD a monopoly drug and allows CBD to be sold in supplements at therapeutic levels.

    The researchers found that CBD was “remarkably effective” at killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria, including bacteria that have become resistant to other antibiotics, and did not lose effectiveness after extended treatment. Gram-positive bacteria, as opposed to Gram-negative bacteria, refers to bacteria that give a positive result in the Gram strain test, which is used to classify bacteria into two categories according to their cell wall. Additionally, CBD was effective at disrupting biofilms, a form of bacteria growth that leads to difficult-to-treat infections.

    Public health experts have spoken in near-apocalyptic terms about the scourge of antibiotic resistance: while resistant infections currently kill about 700,000 people a year, it is estimated that by 2050 they will kill 10 million a year. MRSA alone infects 90,000 Americans a year and kills 20,000. We’ve written many times before about the natural medicines that are effective against infections but ignored by conventional medicine; now it seems we might add CBD to the natural health arsenal.

    The more we learn about CBD, the more we see the incredible health benefits of this natural compound. But the FDA is poised to make this a monopoly drug. Just think: CBD is both a natural, safe, and non-addictive alternative to opioid drugs, which kill more people every year than car accidents; it is also proving effective against drug-resistant bacteria, which kill hundreds of thousands of people across the world every year. But what does the government agency charged with protecting public health do? It turns this compound into a monopoly drug costing tens of thousands of dollars a year. This is crony medicine, through and through.

    There is a bill that legalizes CBD supplements. It amends the law to provide an exemption for hemp-derived CBD and any “hemp-derived CBD-containing substance” from rules that apply to dietary supplements when there is an approved drug with that ingredient or if that ingredient is being investigated as a new drug. If approved as is, this bill would allow hemp-derived CBD supplements and hemp oils containing CBD to be sold.

    • Jane Grace says:

      Your survey should have allowed a check box of “All the Above.” It was difficult to just choose one.

  4. Please legalize CBD as the benefits are undeniable

  5. Denise says:

    Legalize CBD.

  6. Jill Broach says:

    Please support this very helpful and non pharmaceutical approach to pain management!

  7. Michael Smith says:

    Make CBD legal everywhere and make it freely available at extremely low cost to everyone! The point of medicinal substances is to HEAL people!

  8. Mary Jo Nelson says:

    I use CBD oil every night to help me sleep. I have CFS/ME and it works.

  9. Jessica Rollins says:

    Support legislation to legalize CBD supplements.

  10. Loriann McDonough says:

    I believe strongly in making CBD available for people who want to use it as a supplement. I recently had surgery and required zero narcotics by using CBD.

  11. The American public needs CBD supplements to be made available. There are so many health benefits that can ease the suffering of many people, including children. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when hundreds of dangerous drugs are doled out like candy and yet one safe product is having a problem being approved. An the only reason for that is the cheap cost. Shame on anyone opposing this bill.

  12. Robin Patten says:

    Please legalize CBD supplements. They could be an enormous help to your constituents.

  13. Valerie Cooper says:

    Please support legislation to legalize CBD supplements.

    Thank you for caring.

  14. Donna Rader says:

    The pharmaceutical industry will do everything they can to keep people addicted to their products.

  15. Carmen A. Lopez says:

    Please support legalizing CBD supplements you hold the patent on Cannabis and you know that it has medicinal properties let it be available to all who need it NOW.

  16. Kristine Anderson says:

    I recently had a strange lesion on my face that kept growing and wouldn’t get better. It looked very much like a cancer. One day I decided to put my whole-plant hemp extract right on it. By morning it was half gone! One more smear of the oil and my growth shrunk and went away!

  17. Please legalize this restorative herbal extract in its entirety to benefit all who need it without delay. Life is short, let’s keep it the best quality while we’re here . If hemp cbd can improve the quality of your well being, let no one interfere with your pursuit. It gave me my life back, I am a testament to what and why I do what I do.

  18. Please support legalizing CBD supplements.

  19. Jeanette Desmond says:

    Allow the sales of CBD.

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