MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a strain of staph that is very resistant to antibiotics. This makes it very hard to kill and attaches to its designation of a ‘superbug.’ This heightened durability can be especially hazardous in hospitals, where staph exists in proliferation due to the increased concentration of persons with infections and those with compromised disease-fighting abilities. MRSA is easily spread through contact with infected persons or contaminated objects, and can just as easily afflict healthy persons, as well as those with impacted immune systems.
In 2008, a study was conducted by researchers in the United Kingdom and Italy, testing five specific cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant and their ability to eradicate different strains of MRSA. All five cannabinoids tested showed positive germ-killing abilities in laboratory tests and two of those five did not produce mood-altering effects. This made them highly effective as a treatment option for people who find those effects undesirable.
In the past thirty years, only one new antibacterial class of pharmaceuticals has been introduced, making this an area that is desperately in need of an infusion of new, and more powerful, bacteria and microbe fighting medicines and substances. Because of the scarcity of antimicrobial and antibacterial agents other than those offered several decades ago, the ones currently existing are largely ineffective against infectious diseases and ailments that constantly evolve into more durable and resistant strains.
The ability of cannabinoids in the marijuana plant to effectively eradicate MRSA, as well as prions (the proteins that cause mad cow disease), was brought back into mainstream awareness in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Despite the evidence strongly in favor of conducting further studies and trials, marijuana’s ability to kill MRSA remains on the sidelines while its therapeutic benefits for other conditions and ailments continue to dominate headlines.
Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Orange County. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time and advises patients on how to get a medical marijuana card in California.