A new study from researchers at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University in Israel shows how certain compounds found in marijuana may help the healing process in fractured bones.
This component of cannabis won’t make you feel high, but new research suggests that it could significantly aid the healing process for fractured bones. According to a report from Business Standard, cannabidiol, CBD, a non-psycotropic chemical compound found in marijuana could begin appearing in medications that fight osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
The research was published by a group of researchers at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, who tested CBD on rats with cracks in the middle of their femurs. Even when CBD was separated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, the rats’ femurs healed in as little as eight weeks’ time.
The study was released by same group that previously discovered that cannabinoid receptors in the body also helped jumpstart bone materialization and prevented bone loss. The new study looks closely at the relationship between these receptors and varying doses of CBD.
Dr. Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at the Department of Anatomy at Tel Aviv University explains that the medical potential of using a number of compounds found in cannabis is “simply undeniable at this point.”
“We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant.”
The study revealed that CBD helped keep bones strong during the healing process by emboldening the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which helps new bone start to form.
The study found no evidence that THC augmented the effects of CBD in helping fractured bones heal. The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.