There is a chemical within marijuana referred to as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) which aids in the healing of fractures in a faster period of time, making the bones much stronger than before.
This is noted by a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, and published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
“We found CBD to strengthen bones during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
Bones contain cannabinoid receptors
Researchers made small femoral fractures on rats, and proceeded to inject CBD into them, and other rats with CBD & tetrahydrocannabinol ( Main psychoactive ingredient that gets you high). They then evaluated the rats to see if they healed properly, and comparing them to the rats that received no marijuana.
Researchers concluded that rats with CBD had similar effects regardless of THC presence. “We found CBD effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet said. “Other studies have proven CBD to be a safe agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”
The clinical trial had supported the previous research that found receptors within our body respond well to cannabinoid compounds, and that receptors aren’t just within the brain. “We respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that are activated by compounds within the cannabis plant,” Gabet said.
The study before concluded that our skeletons have cannabinoid receipts that promote bone formation and prevent the loss of bone; The new study is proving these findings to be correct.
Medical marijuana benefits “undeniable”
This study is beneficial to the public as it proves CBD can be a form of treatment for bone diseases like osteoporosis.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said.
“While there’s more work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity.”
The benefits of marijuana has expanded and is used to treat side effects of chemo, chronic pain, and improve the appetite of AIDS patients. It hold much promise in the regulation of blood sugar and prevents HIV from strengthening. It is even being utilized as a form of treatment for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Studies are showing that CBD can stop a seizure in its tracks, prevent cancer from spreading and eliminate leukemia cells.
In 2013, the journal Neuropsychopharmacology published a study that found CBD to be ten times more effective in the treatment for paranoia and schizophrenia, with no harmful side effects compared to your average antipsychotic. Even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, it is legal to utilize CBD for extensive research and in limited medical reasons in 17 states across America. Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states.
To this day, the federal government deems marijuana as having “no currently accepted medical use.”
This is starting to change as states who legalized marijuana are seeing positive results. The FDA has begun to accept CBD extracts as a form of experimental treatment for Dravet syndrome, which is a form of rare epilepsy that affects small children. So, at this time there have been clinical trials that are being conducted to further examine CBD’s medical potential.