Qld researchers on how cannabis could be used to fight superbug
Queensland researchers are studying a component of medicinal cannabis for its potential as a new antibiotic, capable of killing superbugs.
The big hope for scientists at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience is that synthetic cannabidiol, or CBD, the main non-psychoactive component of cannabis, could be developed into the first new class of antibiotics for drug-resistant bacteria in more than half a century.
The quest for new antibiotics is seen as crucial by infectious disease experts, with predictions that by 2050, drug-resistant infections could result in 10 million deaths a year unless alternate treatments are found.
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