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Israel: Cannabis Can Help Heal Bone Fractures, According To Study


Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts

According to the research, the administration of the non-psychotropic component significantly helps heal bone fractures

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Cannabis was used as a medical remedy by societies around the world for centuries. Therapeutic use of cannabis was banned in most countries in the 1930s and '40s due to reefer madness campaigns without merit. Significant medical benefits of cannabis in alleviating symptoms of such diseases as Parkinson's disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder are being discovered by researchers throughout the world.

Israel: New Study Shows Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In yet another demonstration of the broad usefulness of cannabis for a range of diseases and injuries, Israeli scientists have discovered that marijuana can be effectively used in healing broken bones, and possibly in treating skeletal illnesses.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research a study that showed cannabis includes a component which enhances the healing process of fractured bones, reports

Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, sped up the healing process in broken leg bones of trial rats with mid-femoral fractures, the study found.

"While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that is is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis," said Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv University's Bone Research Laboratory. "CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity."

Scientists tested two groups of rats, one with both CBD and THC, and the other with CBD only. "We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing," Gabet said, in a statement which seems to imply that THC was also effective.

“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,” Gabet said.

Israel: Study Shows Inhaled Marijuana Relieves Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Inhaling whole-plant marijuana provides relief from the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, according to observational trial data published in the March/April 2014 issue of the scientific journal Clinical Neuropharmacology.

Scientists at Tel Aviv University's Department of Neurology looked at Parkinson's symptoms in 22 patients at baseline, and again 30 minutes after inhaling cannabis, reports NORML.

The researchers reported that inhaled marijuana resulted in "significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia (slowness of movement). There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores," the Israeli researchers noted. "No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed."

"[T]his observational study is the first to report an amelioration of both motor and non-motor symptoms in patients with PD treated with cannabis," the researchers reported. "The study opens new venues for treatment strategies in PD especially in patients refractory to current medications."

Israel has allowed the licensed production, distribution and medical use of cannabis since 2011.

Israel: Researcher Finds Low Doses of THC Can Halt Brain Damage


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

It's been known for some time that the cannabinoids in marijuana are neuroprotectants, that is, they help guard your brain cells from damage. Now, an Israeli researcher has uncovered more evidence that low doses of THC, the chief psychoactive component of marijuana, can protect the brain both before and after injury.

Professor Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University's Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine said he has discovered that low doses of THC protect the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (oxygen deprivation), seizures, or toxic drugs, reports American Friends of Tel Aviv University.

Previous studies had concentrated on injecting high doses of THC within a short time frame, usually within 30 minutes before or after the injury. But Prof. Sarne's current research shows that even extremely low doses of THC -- about 1,000 to 10,000 times less than in a joint -- administered from one to seven days before, or from one to three days after, a brain injury can boost biochemical processes which help protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function over time.

This treatment could be applicable to many cases of brain injury, especially in light of the long time frame for administration and the low dosage, according to Prof. Sarne.

Israel: Number of Doctors Prescribing Medical Marijuana To Double


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The number of doctors in Israel who are allowed to prescribe medical marijuana will be raised from nine to 20 by the end of 2013, a member of the Knesset said on Monday.

In what was described as a "raucous session," Likud MK Haim Katz, chairman of the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee, said that a subcommittee will be formed to discuss demands made by patients' groups to get easier access to cannabis to relieve pain and other effects of serious illnesses, reports Judy Siegel-Itzkovich of The Jerusalem Post.

Medicinal cannabis is currently used in Israel for cancer, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms.

The Israeli Health Ministry will get recommendations from the subcommittee, and will provide the subcommittee with reports to ensure that "all patients who need it will get it. If there is a need, we will solve the problem through legislation," Katz said. We want those who deserve it to get it, while those who are not entitled not to get it."

Law enforcement authorities voiced their usual overblown complaints about less-rigorous control of the medical cannabis society leading to illegal supplies entering the black market, and being obtained for non-palliative use.

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