Marijuana helps heal and strengthen broken bones, according to the latest research conducted by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University.
Medical marijuana is increasing in popularity as a treatment for many conditions, including eating disorders, cancers, and pain. It is becoming legal in more and more states.
With marijuana being more widely accepted in the U.S. for medical treatment, research has also gone up.
The researchers found that marijuana may have significant benefits for broken bones.
“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger 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.”
The researchers injected marijuana chemical cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) into some rats with broken bones, and CBD plus tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, which causes marijuana high) into another group of rats with broken bones.
They observed the bone healing in rats, compared to rats that didn’t receive marijuana.
The researchers found that CBD had significant benefits with or without the addition of THC.
“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet said.
“Other studies have also shown 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.”
This same team of researchers also found in an earlier study that the body has cannabinoid receptors that are not limited to just the brain. This new study confirms that research.
“We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant,” Gabet said.
More research needs to be done to confirm the bone healing benefits of marijuana, but results are very promising.
The study showing that marijuana helps heal and strengthen broken bones was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
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1. “Cannabidiol, a Major Non‐Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts.” Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Wiley Online Library, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2017.