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Staphylococcus Aureus, more commonly known as staph, is a bacterium that causes thousands of deaths each year – specifically the drug-resistant strain, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA.  A study conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology showed that each year an estimated 2 million Americans contract MRSA during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 die from it. It has been determined that MRSA is a, if not the, leading cause of hospital-borne infections.

The key to dealing with MRSA is not just treating it when it infects a patient but also obstructing its ability to spread. Hemp products can be unbelievably effective at this.

New research has found that hemp fabrics kill bacteria, including MRSA. In a test conducted on a hemp-blend fabric (60% hemp / 40% rayon), where the fabric was infected with staph, researchers found that the hemp material killed the staph bacteria at an incredible rate – the material was found 98.5% bacteria-free upon the first measurement. The same material was also infected with Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia). At first measurement, the pneumonia-infected material was 65.1% bacteria-free.

The problem we have in most states is they won’t allow the leaves and stems of the plant to be used. Most “Medical Cannabis friendly” states dictate that the only part of the plant that can be used is the medicinal part (buds).  The rest of the plant must legally be destroyed. 

Just as it is essential to use the entire plant when you medicate, it is equally important to use the entire plant to improve the ancillary aspects of your healthcare system, such as your hospital gowns and privacy curtains. This strategy can also be effective in producing antibacterial spray disinfectants made from cannabis.

These results could have an immense impact; staph/MRSA spreads through contact and by touching infected items like hospital gowns, towels, privacy curtains, etc. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology tested both methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant staphylococci on common hospital materials (clothing, towels, scrub suits, lab coats, privacy drapes, and splash aprons) and found the bacteria survived on every material for at least one day, and in some instances as long as 90 days. Replacing any number of these items with hemp-based materials could severely reduce the transmission of these deadly bacterial infections.

Beyond the standard arguments offered to push the legalization of hemp cultivation (eco-friendly bio-fuels, heart-healthy foods, etc.), this new research presents evidence that not only can hemp help the economy and the environment, it can also prevent the spread of dangerous illnesses and save thousands of people from infection and even death.

Entitled Cannabis Kills MRSA. I was told it was later pulled because the study was conducted in the United States and wasn’t originally designed to prove cannabis is dangerous. There are many studies just like it performed in other countries, and I have included them in the bibliography. Later Dr. Schneider’s remark was, “Dave, you’re so loaded up with cannabinoids and terpenes, I wouldn’t worry about MRSA. He was obviously right because I had the surgery with no ill effects.

Molecules to target MRSA  

The point is, there are ways to treat MRSA besides the pharmaceutical companies’ one molecule strategy. This is a list of antibacterial molecules in cannabis that attack MRSA. 

CANNABINOIDS:

CBD

CBN

CBC

TERPENES:

Myrcene

Pinene

Limonene

Pinene

1-8-cineol (eucalyptol)

Terpineol

Borneol

The point is that the single-molecule strategy is not going to be effective forever. Bacterial infections like MRSA reproduce very quickly and develop defenses against that single-molecule approach. Cannabis attacks MRSA from many different molecular fronts, so it is challenging for the pathogen to evolve a defense. This would be especially true if hospitals introduced hemp gowns, privacy curtains, and cannabinoid and terpene-based cleaning compounds to combat its spread along with treating the individual.

Methods of ingestion for MRSA

Methods of ingestion are varied and are dependent on the location and severity of infection. These include topicals, ingestible oils, edibles, and vaporization.