Cannabis may aid in treatment of bone fractures

By: Emily Lunardo | Health News | Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 05:00 AM

Cannabis bone fracturesResearchers at Tel Aviv University studied cannabis’ effect on bone fractures. Their findings revealed the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) can greatly help health bone fractures.

The research was conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures. The rats were injected with either CBD or a combination of CBD and tetrahydrocannabino (THC).

CBD, even when isolated from THC, could help heal the fracture within eight weeks’ time.

“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet, from the Bone Research Laboratory at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

He said there’s still a lot of work needed to develop medicinal marijuana therapies. He noted cannabis has the potential to be used as an anti-inflammatory. He said this could be done without the psychoactive effects marijuana is notoriously known for.

Dr. Gabet suggests that our bodies are already equipped with a cannabinoid system which regulates vital and non-vital systems. He states that our bodies react to cannabis because our bodies are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that respond to the cannabis plant. According to researchers, the body’s skeleton is regulated by cannabinoid.

“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. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.


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