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The discovery of penicillin dates back to 1928, founded by Sir Alexander Fleming. Since then it has saved the lives of millions suffering with life-threatening infections on a global scale. Antibiotics work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing and spreading, such as pneumonia and sepsis. Antibiotics aren’t effective against viral infections however, such as the common cold, flu, some coughs and sore throats. 
According to the researchers, overuse of antibiotics is the main cause of antibiotic resistance. If we combine an antibiotic with a helper compound, that enhances the effect of the antibiotic, we need less antibiotic to achieve the same effect. This may contribute to the development of fewer resistant bacteria, says Janne Kudsk Klitgaard. 
Medicinal Cannabis & Antibiotics
“When we combined CBD and antibiotics, we saw a more powerful effect than when treating with antibiotics alone. So, in order to kill a certain number of bacteria, we needed less antibiotics, they say.” 
The research team found that cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) may act as a helper compound to boost the effectiveness of antibiotics against drug-resistant Gram-positive bacteria. A new finding and novel treatment for antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The new discoveries of clinical research focused on medicinal cannabis is increasing each day but it is still in its infancy and in some cases lacks trial data to support observations and hypothesis. Here in the UK, a trial was announced that will target 20,000 patients, they will be given medicinal cannabis over a two-year period in an initiative that aims to create the largest body of evidence on the drug in Europe.  This is extremely exciting news for the industry as cannabis therapies with empirical data to support their benefits will be widely available.