Hemp and its Antibacterial Properties

By Quinton Charles, Op-ed blogger

Bacteria and Hemp?

There are myriad benefits discussed regarding hemp and its antibacterial properties. You’ve likely heard testimonials about CBD aiding pain management or reducing anxiety, but did you know hemp also possesses antibacterial properties? That’s right! In multiple studies, hemp was found to reduce the overall count of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infection) bacterial cells. CBD is also being studied for its potential to assist in boosting one’s immune system and regulating T cells and white blood cells. Let’s dive in and learn more about this!


Cannabis, long known for its antibacterial properties, has historical roots in treating diseases like tuberculosis. However, research into its antibiotic potential has been hindered by limited understanding of its active components and the controversy surrounding THC. Recent studies found that cannabinoids effectively combat MRSA, even strains resistant to conventional antibiotics. Surprisingly, the most potent cannabinoids are non-psychoactive. While the exact mechanism remains unclear, researchers speculate that hemp’s natural defenses evolved to combat bacterial infections, offering potential benefits for human health.

Fabrics, too?

It isn’t just Staph that saw significant decreases when hemp was applied; other bacteria on hemp fabric seemed to disappear, too! Bacteria, such as pneumonia, saw significant decreases in microbe count after a short period of time. Can it get any better? It can. The specific fabric used for these tests was not 100% hemp; rather, it was 60% hemp, 40% rayon. This means that hemp clothing (and these great benefits) could be accessible to a wider pool of customers when using mixtures and blends of fabric.

This is exciting when looking to the future and the possibility of finding other uses for hemp like hospital sheets, masks, and other medical textiles are some potential uses for this game-changing material[2].

What about the inside?

While there is growing documentation of hemp combating bacteria as a fabric, what about other uses for hemp and CBD? This is where CBD assisting in the regulation of cells and aiding in the balancing of the body can come into play.

The body’s Endocannabinoid system potentially regulates immunity and cell health. CBD oil from hemp may balance the immune system by reducing T cell and B cell activity, as well as T helper and T cytotoxic lymphocyte subsets in autoimmune studies. Moreover, it may support natural killer (NK) cell activity, white blood cells that target viral cells. In simpler terms, CBD might help regulate T and B cells, which respond to viruses, and boost the count of cells that kill viral cells.

Antibiotic Hemp

While antibiotics are invaluable in fighting disease in the modern world, many antibiotics have seen reduced efficacy, resulting from antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. What does this have to do with hemp?

As bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics, researchers explore helper compounds, also known as antibiotic potentiators. These non-antibiotic substances aid antibiotics in killing bacteria by enhancing their effectiveness through mechanisms such as efflux pump inhibition or enzyme inhibition. Essentially, they assist antibiotics in penetrating bacterial cells and inhibiting their growth.

Hemp’s antibacterial properties and cell-regulating role are under research as a potential helper compound. If proven effective, it could aid in combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, offering a promising solution for healthcare.

Stay safe!

While hemp possesses remarkable properties and undoubtedly holds potential for various health applications globally, prioritizing deliberate action and making safe decisions remains paramount for one’s health. Hemp, although beneficial, is not a cure-all and should not be viewed as such. Like any other substance, hemp must be considered within a holistic framework. Its benefits can be fully realized only when coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle choices.

As always, stay safe, research everything that you use, and feel free to call us at 866-244-4223, email us at, or message us with any questions (or if you just want to chat). That’s what we’re here for!


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