Study: Cannabis Helps to Heal Bone Fractures
A non-psychotropic compound found in the plant sped up the healing process in rats with mid-femoral fractures.
A non-psychotropic component of marijuana, cannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD, can help heal bone fractures and speed up the process, a study on rats with mid-femoral fractures indicates.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University had previously discovered cannabinoid receptors within human bodies stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss. This led them to investigate whether cannabis, or the compounds found within it, could help bones to heal.
“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,” Dr. Yankel Gabet, of the Bone Research Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, said in a press release. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
According to Gabet, the human body is equipped with a cannabinoid system that is involved with regulating both vital and non-vital systems. This is why the psychogenic compound in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has an effect on the human brain.
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