Got cannabis? Watch out milk, it looks like you may have some competition! Scientists in Israel have recently discovered that the chemical compound CBD (found exclusively in cannabis) may help heal bone fractures.
A recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that broken bones healed stronger and faster when the patient was exposed to the non-psychoactive chemical cannabidiol (CBD).
Scientists administered CBD to a group of rats that had mid-femoral fractures. After eight weeks, the scientists compared the rats that were administered CBD to the rats that were not given anything. The rats that were given CBD showed greater improvements to the bones than the ones given nothing. The scientists also injected another group of rats with a mixture of CBD and THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. After comparing those results, the scientists found that only the CBD contributed to the improved healing of the bones.
“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,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet, one of the lead researchers, in a statement. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
Dr. Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at Tel Aviv University and the late professor Itai Bab of the Bone Laboratory at Hebrew University led the research.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said.
Currently, 23 U.S. states allow for the medical use of marijuana, however it is still prohibited by the federal government. With the continued release of new research on the positive effects of the medical marijuana, and with eight or mores states on the ballot for medical marijuana in 2016, we may see real change on the federal level, for marijuana legislation within the next year.