Study Finds Cannabis Could Help Treat Fractures
July 17th, 2015
Policy, Top News
Tel Aviv University researchers found that certain non-psychotropic compounds in marijuana could help heal bone fissures, creating another potentially beneficial use for the substance that has been banned in most states and countries around the world.
The new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, demonstrated the administration of cannabidiol (“CBD”) significantly helps heal bone fractures in rats. In earlier research, the same team found that cannabinoid receptors within the body stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss, paving the way for the future use of cannabinoid drugs to treat conditions like osteoporosis and other bone-related disorders.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet, a lead investigator, in a Science Daily article. “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.”
The mechanism of action is relatively straightforward. CBDs make the bone stronger during healing, which enhances the maturation of the collagenous matrix and provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future as well. Fortunately, many other studies have shown CBDs to be safe agents, especially in comparison to their psychogenic cousins – THCs.
Despite these findings and many others, cannabis remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance under U.S. law, which discredits any potential medical uses and classifies it as as-addictive-as so-called hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.
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