ABC News is reporting that scientists in Italy are experimenting with using an extract of the cannabis plant as an antibiotic to treat infections of drug-resistant bacteria.
The scientists applied the extracts from five different cannabinoids to MRSA bacteria and found that they were at least as effective as other modern antibiotics.
"The cannabinoids even showed exceptional activity against the MRSA strain that makes extra amounts of the proteins that give the bugs resistance against many antibiotics," said Simon Gibbons a researcher with the School of Pharmacy at the University of London. "These proteins, he explains, allow the bacteria to "hoover up unwanted things from inside the cell and spit them out again."
Apparently scientists have known since the 50s that marijuana had antibiotic properties, but because it's illegal they haven't been able to study it much.
Read the full report here.