According to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a marijuana chemical known as CBD or cannabinoid cannabidiol helps fractures heal faster and it even makes the bones stronger than they were before!
“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.”
Researchers inflicted mild femoral fractures on rats, then they injected some of them with CBD, and some with CBD plus tetrahydrocannabinol otherwise known as THC (the ingredient that causes marijuana high). They then evaluated the healing of the rats, comparing them with rats who had not received any marijuana chemicals. The researchers found that rats injected with CBD had the same effect whether or not it was accompanied by 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.”
The study supported the same team’s prior findings that the body contains receptors that respond to cannabinoid compounds, and that these receptors are not confined to the brain.
“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.
The prior study found that the skeleton contains cannabinoid receptors that stimulate bone formation and inhibit bone loss. The new study seems to confirm these findings.
The medical benefits of marijuana are definitely “undeniable”!
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said. “While there is still a lot of 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 list of benefits to medical marijuana continues to climb. It is currently used primarily for chronic pain, to reduce side effects of chemotherapy and to improve appetite in AIDS patients. It has also shown promise in regulating blood sugar and slowing the progression of HIV. It is being researched as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Studies have shown that seizures can be suppressed by CBD, can stop the metastasis of many aggressive cancers and may even kill leukemia cells.
There was a study published in 2013 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology that stated it was found that CBD was just as effective as a popular antipsychotic drug in the treatment of schizophrenia and paranoia but without the dangerous side effects. Many more studies have confirmed the effectiveness of CBD as a safe antipsychotic. No negative side effects have occurred with CBD.
Although marijuana remains technically illegal under U.S. federal law, it is legal to use CBD for research or for limited medical functions in 17 U.S. states. The medical use of marijuana itself is legal in 23 other states.
The federal government still classifies marijuana as having “no currently accepted medical use.” even though they hold the patent stating otherwise. Patent No. 6,630,507. The FDA is slowly approving CBD extracts as an experimental treatment for certain medical conditions like Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy.
Cannabidiol, a major non-psychotropic cannabis constituent enhances fracture healing and stimulates lysyl hydroxylase activity in osteoblasts, Natalya M. Kogan et al., Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2513, published online 10 May 2015, abstract.
Tel Aviv University news release