A new study out of Israel suggests that cannabis can speed the healing of fractures, and could be used in treating bone-related diseases.
Scientists from Tel Aviv University in Israel have come to the surprising conclusion that marijuana may be just the ticket for healing broken bones.
In a finding that’s sure to excite the medical community and weed enthusiasts alike, the researchers found that cannabis “significantly” helps in the healing process for bone fractures, according to a Times of Israel report.
The findings were published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and they confirmed that what is known as non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD) was successful in improving the healing process in the leg bones of rats. Even without the THC — the component of marijuana that makes you high — the cannabis appears to work.
The findings could lead to a breakthrough in medical research that could change the way not only how broken bones are treated, but also bone diseases like osteoporosis.
Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory, who was quoted in the report, said it was “undeniable” that cannabinoid-related compounds had huge potential in medicine.
The tests also indicated that the principal agent in the study was anti-inflammatory and had no psychoactivity.
Scientists made the findings by dividing test subjects into an injected group with just CBD and one with both CBD and THC, and they found that CBD alone appeared to be sufficiently effective. The findings could lead to more research down this path to assess the usefulness of the drug in bone fracture healing.
People have advocated for medical marijuana for a long time, mostly for treatment of diseases like glaucoma and for chronic pain. It has also been used to help with the negative effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients, and to boost appetites for those suffering from AIDS. It has even been used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
Public support for even recreational use of marijuana has been growing in recent years, and several states have legalized the drug, although it remains federally illegal.