Exciting findings have been released regarding the medical effectiveness of CBD this year, including some on its potential in reducing opioid cravings and treating epilepsy. Add this to the pile: an Australian study has found that CBD may have use as an antibiotic, as demonstrated by its effects on mice with skin infections.

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Centre for Superbug Solutions conducted the investigation, which found that CBD was able to act against Gram-positive bacteria strains including staph and strep. In a promising development, the CBD in the study also had some effectiveness against bacteria strains that have developed resistance to other kinds of antibiotics. 

But hold off on serious celebrations until doctors know what, exactly, the stuff is doing. “It needs a lot more work to show [that CBD] would be useful to treat infections in humans,” said senior research chemist and head of the investigation Mark Blaskovich.

“We still don’t know how it works, and it may have a unique mechanism of action given it works against bacteria that have become resistant to other antibiotics, but we still don’t know how,” he continued. Blaskovich added that for the drug to really be considered as

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