THC Can Suppress Staph-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation, According to New Study

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THC Can Suppress Staph-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation, According to New Study

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) thccan serve as a suppressor of Staphylococcal enterotoxin B-induced pulmonary inflammation, reducing the morality rate of the ailment, according to a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

According to researchers; “The superantigen Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) is a potent activator of Vβ8+T-cells which results in the clonal expansion of ∼30% of the T-cell pool. Consequently, this leads to the substantial release of inflammatory cytokines, induction of toxic shock, and eventually death.

In the current study, we investigated if Δ9Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid known for its anti-inflammatory properties, could prevent SEB-induced mortality and alleviate symptoms of toxic shock.”

For the study, researchers; “investigated the therapeutic efficacy of THC against the dual administration (intranasal and intraperitoneal) of SEB into C3H/HeJ mice. The effectiveness of THC in mice was determined based on the measurement of numerous SEB-mediated clinical parameters, including production of inflammatory cytokines, immune cell infiltration into the lung, vascular leak, and airway resistance. In addition, the molecular mechanism of action was elucidated in vitro by the activation of splenocytes with SEB.

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Although “Exposure to SEB resulted in acute mortality, “THC treatment led to 100% survival of mice.” In addition; “SEB triggered the induction of the miRNA-17-92 cluster, specifically miRNA-18a, which targeted Pten (phosphatase and tensin homolog), an inhibitor the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, thereby suppressing the induction of T-regulatory cells. In contrast, THC treatment inhibited the individual miRNAs in the cluster, thereby reversing the effects of SEB. Moreover, in its ability to act as a PI3K/Akt inhibitor, THC treatment induced CD4+Foxp3+ T-regulatory cells both in vivo and in vitro, which suppressed cellular proliferation of SEB-activated splenocytes and decreased IFN-γ production.

Researchers conclude: “our results suggest that THC is a potent anti-inflammatory compound that may serve as a novel therapeutic to suppress SEB-induced pulmonary inflammation by modulating critical miRNA involved in SEB-induced toxicity and death.”

The study can be found here.



  • paul
    December 1, 2014

    what can it do for sever back pain,i used to smoke it and i beleave it would help releave the pain.

  • Canna Care
    December 2, 2014

    Paul instead of smoking maybye you should use Hemp oil mixed 1:5 with oliveoil…It’s beter to controle your pain. Put it into pippete can

  • JC
    December 5, 2014

    If you have the medical insurance I highly suggest going to get a full back/neck MRI and CT scan first. This is coming from someone who has battled chronic back/neck pain for 11 years now. It is only through this diligence that I have found out that I have bone on bone nerve damage accompanied with leukemia. I am only 37 but I know why I feel awful 3days out of the 7 day week. Look into cooking with marijuana to ease pain.

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