Marijuana Chemical Can Help Heal Bones and Even Make Skeleton Stronger
Cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) or marijuana chemical helps in recovering fractures or faster healing and even making the bones stronger than they were before. This is a result according to one research made by Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University .
The marijuana chemical doesn’t have any psychotropic effects.
“We found that this chemical during healing process makes bones stronger. It enhances the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which in fact gives the basis for new bone tissue mineralization,” says researcher Yankel Gabet. “The healed bone will be harder to break in the future after being treated with CBD.”
Bones contain cannabinoid or marijuana chemical receptors
The researchers inflicted mild femoral fractures on rats. Then some of them they injected with CBD Others with the same substance plus tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is in fact the ingredient that causes the marijuana high. They then made evaluation on the healing of the rats. They compared them with rats who had not received any marijuana chemicals.
These scientists found that those rats “feed” with CBD – Marijuana Chemical, had the same results or effects whether or not it was accompanied by THC.
“We actually found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet said.
“Many other researchers have shown CBD to be also safe agent. This result leads us to believe that we should continue this study line in clinical trials. The purpose will be to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”
The previous research actually found that the human bones contain cannabinoid receptors that inhibit bone loss and stimulate bone formation. The new study is likely to confirm these excellent conclusions and findings.
“Undeniable” Medical marijuana benefits
The study is part of the medical benefits of marijuana compounds, including CBD. The findings may lead to new research into ways that we can use marijuana to treat bones diseases like osteoporosis for example.
“At this point, the clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable,” Gabet said.
“Of course, there is a lot of work that we need to do in order to develop appropriate therapies. But it is very clear that we can detach a clinical therapy objective from the psycho activity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, has no psycho activity and is primarily anti-inflammatory.”
The list of medical marijuana benefits simply continues to grow. Now we primarily use it for chronic pain, for reducing side effects of chemotherapy and for improving appetite in AIDS patients. It has also shown promise in slowing the progression of HIV and regulating blood sugar. Some even use it as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Studies have shown that CBD stops the metastasis of many aggressive cancers, suppresses seizures and may even kill leukemia cells.
Although marijuana technically remains illegal under the federal law of USA, in 17 U.S. states it is legal to use CBD for limited medical functions or for research. In 23 other states, the medical use of marijuana itself is legal.
In spite all of this, the US government classifies marijuana as having “no accepted medical use at the present.” But even this opinion may be starting to change. Recently the FDA approved extracts of CBD as an experimental treatment for a rare form of childhood epilepsy – Dravet syndrome.
Now, preliminary clinical trials are going forward.