Marijuana May Help Bones Heal
One of the components of marijuana may help bones heal, according to a new study at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The findings, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. concluded that that cannabidiol, a nonpsychotropic component of the drug, may could help bone repair themselves faster.
Previous studies have found that bone formation is triggered by cannabinoid receptors, helping to prevent bone loss. They also found the skeleton in general is managed by cannabinoids. Therefore, cannabinoid drugs—once the compounds are separated from the psychoactivity of the drug—may be a successful treatment for bone-related disease such as osteoporosis, and would serve strictly as an anti-inflammatory medication.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University put this to the test by injecting rats that had mid-femoral fractures with cannabidiol (CBD). One group was injected solely with CBD, while the other group received both CBD and THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Within eight weeks the rats that received only CBD exhibited significant healing. They found that CBD by itself made bones heal more quickly and come back stronger than before.
More studies are needed to better understand this possible treatment approach and to develop appropriate therapies.