Hemp isn’t just a great source of materials for construction and nutrition. It also has several natural qualities that add to its attractiveness as an industrial crop. Among the most interesting of these characteristics is hemp’s antibacterial nature.
The use of plant materials in medicine is a long-standing practice throughout human development. This popularity is largely due to their suppressant and/or destructive effect on a number of pathological microorganisms (bacteria, virus, etc.). Hemp has its own antibacterial activities. Recent research has come to refocus efforts on discovering the specific biological and chemical mechanisms at work in hemp’s defenses, so that they may be utilized in a number of industries including pharmaceuticals, food packaging and cosmetics.
Antibacterial Activities of Hemp Compounds
A 2014 review of academic evidence in the journal BioResources  helps to better clarify the relationship between hemp and microbe resistance. According to the authors, multiple cannabinoids (chemicals produced by cannabis plants) appear to combat numerous forms of staph infection, including the clinically troublesome MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Similar performance was observed against other bacteria and even fungi like Candida albicans, which is responsible for yeast infections. The effects were not limited to cannabinoids. An extraction of crude alkaloids (organic nitrogen-inclusive bases) from hemp leaves displayed additional effectiveness against pathological microorganisms from a wide range of categories.
The above examples are only a few of the ways that hemp is antibacterial, according to this study. Additional activity was observed in seed oil (inhibits E. coli among other things), whole-plant petroleum extracts and essential oils from throughout the plant. It seems likely that even more antibacterial qualities will be revealed with additional research, though the existing evidence should be more than enough to demonstrate that hemp can help fight pathogens.