Cannabis the next Penicillin?

hgDPF-j4_400x400The Antibacterial cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa are well known to Sigma-Aldrich.  As any good pharmaceutical company they are looking at the antibacterial properties of all 5 known cannabinoids.

A report they have available on their website promoting their version of Dronabinol, which is actually available as a solution rather than a pill form and according to them is a Schedule I substance.

“Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has long been known to contain antibacterial cannabinoids, whose potential to address antibiotic resistance has not yet been investigated.”wss_skunk_cured_bud

As any good pharmaceutical company they are actively researching to find the MAGIC combination of the hundreds of compounds naturally found in Cannabis.  Obviously if they can find even part of the magic combination found in nature they can have a very powerful antibiotic that will treat even MRSA or so is the claim in an article that was published in 2008 in Journal of Natural Products.

All five major cannabinoids (cannabidiol (1b), cannabichromene (2), cannabigerol (3b), Delta (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (4b), and cannabinol (5)) showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance.”

Could Cannabis be the next Penicillin?  If Sigma-Aldrich has their way yes and they will own it.


** NOTE** We have tried to get confirmation or denial from Sigma-Aldrich but no one is able to answer the question.