A study conducted by researchers of Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University, which has been published in the reputed Journal of Bone and Mineral Research states that cannabinoid cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical present in marijuana can help in treating fractures quite fast. It can also help in healing bones without causing any psychotropic effects.
Yankel Gabet, a researcher involved in the study said, “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,”. Gabet also said “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
Cannabinod Receptors Are Found In Bones
The researchers conducted a study on rats and injected CBD on the rats with some femoral fractures. Some other rats were injected with a dose of CBD plus tetrahydrocannabinol. Then they compared the healing process and found that the ones, who did not get marijuana chemicals healed slowly. Gabet said, “We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” The researchers also found CBD to be safe for use and can be assessed more for determining its healing power on human fracture. The study also supported the fact that the cannabinoid compounds got better response from receptors present inside the body. While talking about the results of the research, Gabet said,
“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,” The results of the earlier study that proved human bone is consist of cannabinoid receptors, which help in stimulating bone formation as well as inhibiting bone loss. The same results are confirmed in the new study.
Undeniable Benefits of Medical Marijuana
The study mentioned above has been conducted as a part of the larger research to find the medicinal values of marijuana compounds, like CBD and others. It is expected that the study in the long run will show that the compounds are useful in the treatment of bone diseases or osteoporosis. Gabet said, “The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet also added that several works are to be done for develop the required therapies for making the entire system functional. The principal agent of the study, CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and does not have any psychoactivity.
The medicinal benefits of marijuana is quite significant and is expected to grow. As of now, it is used for the treatment of chronic pain. It is also used for improving appropriate in the patients of AIDS or for reducing the adverse effects of chemotherapy. The medicinal benefits of this plant is also undeniable for patients suffering from high blood sugar. It also helps in checking the progress of HIV diseases. The plant is also known for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Studies conducted earlier shows that CBD is useful in suppresing seizures, checking metastasis of different aggressive cancers and even for killing the cells of leukemia. In 2013, a report in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal stated CBD is equally effective as any antipsychotic drug but without for treating paranoia or schizophrenia without any adverse effect. Many other studies have also confirmed CBD to be a safe antipsychotic.
Even though marijuana is still considered to be illegal in the United States federal law, CBD can be used for medical purpose in 17 states. While the other 23 states consider it legal to use marijuana for medical reasons. FDA has also approved the use of CBD extracts for treating Dravet syndrome, which is noted among the rarest forms of childhood epilepsy.
Source: Be Extra Healthy Now