Scientists have found that the non-psychotropic compound in marijuana by itself is sufficient to heal bone fissures.
Researchers at Tel Aviv and Hebrew University have come to realize that taking pot while having a broken bone may significantly enhance the healing process and make the bone tougher to break in the future. They have noted that our skeleton itself is regulated by cannabinoids (the essential compound of cannabis). Their findings indicate the marijuana may also help with osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. The results are published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Marijuana was banned in the 1930’s due to legislation against the dangers of addiction. Some have argued the ban was a cover-up for the real reason cannabis was banished from the psyche. The Hemp (a variety of cannabis) and the hemp industry was being thought of at the time to be a very useful natural product to be used in the Automobile industry and be grown by farmers. The idea was fiercely and quickly fought off by big oil and pharmaceutical companies who preferred plastic and the by-products of the black gold.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point… 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,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet , who led the study along with Professor Itai Bab.
Israel, which has one of the world’s highest per capita use of medical marijuana, has pioneered marijuana research for at least a decade. Recently, Israel’s leading marijuana distributor and researcher, Tikun Olam, struck a deal with Compassionate Care Center New York to apply for one of five medical marijuana licenses for New York State. The recipients of said license will be announced later this summer.
The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research , was conducted using rats. Scientists injected one group of rats with CBD and another group with a combination of CBD and THC – the major psychoactive component in marijuana. Gabet and the rest of his team determined that CBD alone could produce significant results.
This research indicating the marijuana can help with broken bones may lead to inquiries about osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
“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 disuse,” Dr. Gabet continued. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in future.”
Medical marijuana is also commonly used to combat the symptoms of cancer, reduce seizures, and manage PTSD.
Currently, medical marijuana use is allowed in 23 states and the District of Columbia.