According to a new study, Marijuana may be able improve the healing process of broken bones.
A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral research (by Aviv University and Hebrew University) has shown that Marijuana may have more healing properties than previously thought. An element in marijuana called cannabidiol has been shown to improve the healing process of bones. The element that does not get people high – when researched – was shown to improve the healing process of broken leg bones in rats.
The element “makes bones stronger during healing” explained Yankel Gabet (of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory) who led the study. Cannabidiol – also referred to as CBD – enhances the maturation of collagen. Collegen is the protein in connective tissue, and “holds the body together”. In a news release Gabet explained that “after being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future”.
Earlier in the research process Gabet’s team found that the bodies cannabidiod receptors “stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss”. Although these finding could be revolutionary Gabet acknowledges, “there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies” in medical use of marijuana, but believes “it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective” from the recreational mood changing aspects of marijuana.
Marijuana is already known for it’s health benefits, with medicinal marijuana being used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder as well as reduce certain effects associated with chemotherapy treatment. The drug is still widely illegal, but with the revelation of even more medicinal uses for the plant, it’s legal status may be looked at slightly more seriously in the coming years.
Becky A @Bex18W