Marijuana has never received more praised for its many claimed benefits than now, when more and more states agree to make it legal. The latest superpower on the list is its alleged ability to heal broken bones.
It’s yet unknown if the compound – CBD or cannabinoid cannabidiol – has the same effect in humans at it does in rats, as no experiment up to date has been made on anything else but rodents.
Researchers at the Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem discovered that isolating CBD, the weed compound that does nothing to the mind, from the other elements that make up cannabis, can accelerate the healing process of broken bones in rats to only eight weeks.
Published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, the study shows that not only does CBD help the broken bones heal faster, but the reason behind this enhanced process is the fact that the compound mineralizes the bone. This finding is particularly important as it can lead researchers to create new medicine that can prevent osteoporosis in the elderly.
Leading study author Dr. Yankel Gabet explained that CBD was proven to enhance the bone’s strength during healing by stimulating the production of collagenous matrix. Following the CBD treatment, the healed bone turned out to be stronger and harder to break in the future.
Dr. Gabet made it very clear that the paper does not claim that smoking a joint will help healing your broken bones – all it might do is make you not care for a short time. Dr. Gabet is one of the top researchers in the Bone Research Laboratory at Tel Aviv University.
Previous studies conducted by the same scientific team paved the way for this discovery, pointing out to the way an organism responds to cannabinoid molecules by inhibiting bone loss and stimulating bone formation at the same time.
According to these studies, CBD is safe for humans; the body contains a mechanism that’s responsible with the reaction to cannabinoid drugs, which is, in fact, also involved in several other fundamental physiological processes, such as memory, mood, appetite, and pain sensation.
As for medical marijuana, that’s a horse of another color. People have been praising the plant’s benefits for a long time, and recent studies – still on rats, sorry – show that marijuana might be able to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder.
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