The medical community is always looking for new approaches to help with bacterial infections. We know that CBD helps the body through assisting with activation of the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but can its effect help not only with inflammation and pain, but also in helping to destroy harmful bacteria?
A December 2018 study in Scientific Reports, titled ‘Antimicrobial Potential of Endocannabinoid and Endocannabinoid-like Compounds Against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus’ by Mark Feldman et al, demonstrates that for the first time, the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role with our body’s ability to fight bacterial infections.
Bacterial infections work through several mechanisms. For a bacteria to work, it has to be protected from antibiotics and needs to also protect itself from your immune system. Bacteria have been around far longer than us and they are quite smart. They have adapted well to survive. One of the main ways a bacteria survives is by creating, in essence, a shield against agents trying to destroy them. This shield is called a biofilm. ‘Bacterial biofilms are known to cause more than 75% of microbial infections in humans.’ Yikes!
What this study discovered is that the endocannabinoid system and its associated compounds exhibit an ‘anti microbial effect as anti-MRSA biofilm activity.’ The authors concluded that the ECS serves as a ‘line of defense against MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacteria. Due to the antibiofilm action, these agents could be a promising alternative to antibiotic therapeutics against biofilm-associated MRSA infections.’
We know that CBD activates your immune system through the CB2 receptor as it allows for your body to increase its levels of 2-AG by eating away at MAGL, but we usually only view this in terms of its effect on the anti-inflammatory and pain reduction functions that the immune system governs. This study now shows that it also does affect the immune response of the body to bacterial infection.
This is amazing information. It is so exciting to read the research because almost daily, more important data about the endocannabinoid system is discovered. We know how significantly CBD enhances the endocannabinoid system and seeing evidence of how this translates to improved health helps justify its importance. Thank you for living the NN lifestyle. This is about great health and longevity. Only The Best…for the best…You!