Friday, November 7, 2008

Pot Kills MRSA

Cannabinoids have been shown to kill some strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are difficult to treat and represent a growing health care problem, particularly in hospitalized patients. As Amanda Schaffer asserts, research demonstrating marijuana's medical applications may also help revise our absurd marijuana policies.

On Tuesday, Michigan voters passed a measure allowing the use of medical marijuana (including allowing patients to grow a limited amount of the plant) to treat debilitating illness.

(image credit: Appendino et al, J. Nat. Prod., 71, 8, 1427 - 1430, 2008)