A new groundbreaking study coming out of Tel Aviv and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has determined that broken bones can be healed and fortified with CBD supplementation. Fractured bones responded to CBD treatment and were not only found to heal at a higher rate but significant ossification was demonstrated, meaning the bones not only healed but became more durable as a result of CBD dosing.
CBD is a cannabinoid found in marijuana which is gaining notoriety lately for its cancer and inflammatory suppressing qualities. The other notable aspect regarding CBD is its absence of psychotropic effect, unlike its counterpart THC which makeup the rest of the chemical components of the marijuana plant and is known to induce a stoned or high feeling in users.
“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,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
BONES AS ANTENNA FOR CANNABIS
The study was conducted on two groups of rats who were subject to mild femoral fractures. One group was provided with CBD as a treatment, while the other was given THC in conjunction with CBD. The researchers came to the conclusion that rats injected with CBD had the same effect irrespective of THC supplementation.
“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing.” 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.”
The study bolstered the same team’s earlier scientific observations that the human body contains cannabinoid receptors specifically concentrated in the bones and separate from seratonin and dopamine receptors found in the brain.
“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,” Gabet said.
The previous study ascertained that the skeleton contains cannabinoid receptors that induce bone ossification and shield bone atrophy. The new study echoes these same results.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA EVIDENCE MOUNTING
This study is coming off the heels of numerous other marijuana centered scientific research lending credence to the idea that medical marijuana start to slowly become adopted as a viable form of treatment for a host of physical and emotional ailments.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said. “While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that 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.”
Medical marijuana is quickly becoming a mainstream option for a litany of medical issues ranging from alzheimer’s and parkinson’s disease to PTSD and pain management. CBD in particular has gotten favorable press and publicity for its non-psychoactive nature and ability to treat seizures in young patients where marijuana treatment is questionable. Studies have demonstrated that CBD mitigates seizures, slows the mestastasis of many allegedly terminal cancers and may even kill leukemia cells.
A 2013 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology concluded that CBD was just as effective for treating schizophrenia and paranoia as the leading commercial antipsychotic pharmaceuticals without the dangerous side-effects. Many more studies continue to point in the direction of CBD as a safe and effective treatment for psychosis.
Medical marijuana is finally starting to get the mainstream attention and favorable exposure it deserves. It is still illegal in most states with the exception of Colorado, California and few other states that have allowed its usage for research purposes.