McMaster University researchers have identified an antibacterial compound made by cannabis plants that may serve as a lead for new drug development.
An interdisciplinary team of McMaster researchers found that the chemical compound, or cannabinoid, called cannabigerol (CBG) is not only antibacterial but also effective in mice against a resilient family of bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The findings were published in the journal American Chemical Society Infectious Diseases.
“In this study, we investigated 18 commercially available cannabinoids and they all showed antibiotic activity, some much more than others,” said study lead Eric Brown, professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster.
Original story from McMaster University
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