There is never a lack of demand for antibacterials in the medical world.
From sterilization of tools and hands to treating physical ailments, antibacterial compounds are an essential facet in modern medicine.
It’s interesting when you read historical accounts of medical practices going back only 150 years or more, as it seems like many of their methods were only marginally better than they were 150 years before that time period. After germ theory was established in the late 1800s, we saw a paradigm shift in modern medicine that changed everything almost overnight. Suddenly we were isolating the variables that had plagued surgical failures in the past: microorganisms. Knowing to sterilize surgical tools while also possessing the ability to do so made surgery a safer practice and revolutionized what doctors could achieve compared to the past. But there are still many forms of bacteria that resist chemical and pharmaceutical treatment. C. difficile is one such case, as normal hand sanitizer will not break down its bacterial and fungal particles. Researchers are studying the antibacterial effects of minor cannabinoids in the marijuana plant. Large scale hemp extraction methods have made these cannabinoids available to the masses and scientists alike. Cannabigerol is showing potential as an antibacterial, and so is cannabinol or CBN. Since it is most often found in old cannabis that has had a chance to break down over long periods of time, it’s not always easily accessible through hemp extraction. Synthetic chemistry can produce a pure CBN product that could potentially be used by doctors for antibacterial treatments. If they found an alternative to traditional antibiotics, this would be another huge paradigm shift in modern medicine.