Israel: New Study Shows Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones
By Steve Elliott
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 RT.com.
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.
The researchers found that human cannabinoid receptors, naturally found in multiple locations throughout the body, stimulate bone growth. More studies to study the use of cannabis to treat osteoporosis and other skeletal diseases are planned.
"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," Dr. Gabet said. "The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point."
Marijuana also helps provide bone tissue with mineralization, according to the study, so it also protects bones from further injury, making them stronger. "After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future," Gabet said.