Is Cannabis Toothpaste Effective?
Could cannabis really be better than toothpaste? Is the answer really, “Just put some weed on it.”? According to the authors of a stunning new report, it may be time to trade your Cologate for Cannabis.
A recent study published online (HERE) found that Cannabinoids were “….more effective in reducing the bacterial colony count in dental plaques as compared to the well-established synthetic oral care products such as Oral B and Colgate”. The study, which took place in Belgium, studied a group of adults(18-45 years old) to determine if Cannabinoids present in cannabis could reduce the amount of bacteria present in their plaque better than toothpaste.
The group of participants were broken into six groups, and plaque samples were taken using paro-toothpick sticks. What’s a “Paro-Toothpick Stick” you ask?(It’s ok, I didn’t know either) A Paro-Toothpick stick is one of those “fuzzy toothpicks”, or a dental stick with bristles.
Basically, they said, “Poke these in between your teeth, so we can judge you based on your dental bio-film”.
The dental sticks were then placed in petri-dishes with either a Cannabinoid mixture, or a brand name toothpaste. While there are over a 100 known cannabinoids, only cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG) were used. The commercial toothpastes chosen were OralB and Colgate, two of the most popular brands in the world, and a CBD toothpaste already on the market, Cannabite F(a toothpaste formulation of pomegranate and algae).
The Results(Spoiler, Cannabis is Better than toothpaste)
After sitting in the petri-dishes for 24 hours @ 98.6f(37c), also known as body temperature, the bacteria content of the plaque was measured again.
Like a superhero, the Cannabinoid mixture destroyed the evil bacteria responsible for tooth decay. In all seriousness, the competition wasn’t even close. I mean, CBN and CBD appear to be up to 10x more effective than a commerical toothpaste like Oral-b. Cannabis is just plain better than toothpaste.
Colgate and Oral-b both performed terribly compared to the Cannabinoids. The Cannabite F did better than those two, but not as well as the straight cannabinoid mixture.
A Bud a Day Keeps the Dentist Away
There is more research to be done, but there is little room for doubt that cannabinoids are effective anti-bacterial agents. Cannabis has been shown to be effective against MRSA, a treatment resistant infection.
This recent study has furthered our knowledge about the healing power of cannabis. It really does look to be a healthier, natural antibiotic. It provides a safer alternative for synthetic antibiotics to reduce the development of drug resistance.
New uses for CBD and CBD products are being discovered all the time, and that means healthier alternatives and new opportunities for businesses.
If you’d like to dig deep into the science and methodology in this article, check it out…HERE.