Cannabidiol has been linked to increased relaxation, as well as several other therapeutic benefits, several of which are currently the topics of fascinating research. Along with this, however, CBD oil has been linked to extending the life span of strawberries.
According to the journal Postharvest Biology and Technology, CBD products have potential as part of industry treatments to keep strawberries fresh, mould free and of a higher quality.
The study looked specifically at the antimicrobial properties of CBD and how it could be potentially used as an antibacterial treatment to keep strawberries looking fresher for longer.
As well as looking physically more appealing, it also helped protect strawberries from yeast and mould growth, which can help to significantly improve the shelflife of the famously delicate fruit.
The experiment worked by applying CBD oil to fresh strawberries just after they were harvested, before storing them as they would be stored in a supply chain. They were stored at 1°C for eight days and then at 10°C for another eight.
They managed to pass the eye test for agricultural professionals and reduced the microbial load compared to strawberries that had not been treated.
With disruptions to supply chains and people wanting fruits year-round, CBD oil has become an unlikely part of the fight against food waste and enabled the fruit to remain at its best for longer than expected.
As well as this, there is the potential for CBD fruit treatment to be doable at home, making the most of every last punnet.
How Does This Work?
The reason why CBD oil is effective at helping strawberries last longer is due to the antimicrobial properties of cannabidiol.
In 2019, Dr Mark Blaskovich, PhD, showed off the effects of CBD on several types of bacteria, suggesting that CBD could be used as a powerful antibiotic, assuming further evidence matches this conclusion.
Antimicrobial chemicals are those that stop the growth or kill microorganisms. The most commonly known of these is antibiotics, which kill bacteria within the body, however, there are also antibacterials, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitic chemicals.
One particular promising element of the research, although further research is required is that CBD potentially could be used as an antibiotic without allowing bacteria to build up a resistance.
As antibacterial resistance is a major issue, particularly in hospitals, this could be a major step in fighting and reducing the risk of bacteria that have become resistant to conventional antibiotics such as MRSA.
The result came as a surprise to the American Society for Microbiology, as its properties as an anti-inflammatory, its documented history of safety and the potential for taking it as an oral medication make it particularly appealing if the research can be replicated.
CBD-derived treatments have been approved for some therapeutic uses already. Certain CBD-based prescription treatments have been used to treat particularly severe cases of epilepsy and manage seizures, although on a case-by-case basis.