Human beings are aware of the medicinal potential of cannabis for ages. Despite restrictions placed on the research intending to explore the healing potential of cannabis, scientific evidence is emerging to show the plant can effectively heal several health conditions.
Several people are looking upon the plant as a healer of the diseases and popular media is amassed with anecdotal reports of miraculous recovering stories.
A study published in the ‘Journal of Bone and Mineral Research’ has shown that CBD strengthens bones and accelerates the healing of the fractures.
Broken bones are hard to heal but the study involving researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University found CBD, a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis can effectively heal bone fractures.
The scientific outcome that emerged from their experiments confirms CBD has sufficient healing potential to heal the fractured bones alone.
One of the members of the research team described the CBD effectiveness in a press release, “We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing. Other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”
The research team inflicted mild femoral fractures on rats during the experiment. They injected CBD to some of them while others were treated with CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the ingredient that causes the marijuana high). The control group included rats that didn’t receive any cannabis compound. The analysis of the experiment group with the control group showed that healing effects in both cannabis compound treated groups were the same but different from the control group.
The experiment also allowed the research team to shed light on the mechanism through which CBD heals as well as strengthens the bones. The team found that CBD triggers the maturation of the collagenous matrix which causes the mineralization of the bone tissue.
“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future,” Gabet said.
The same team previously concluded that our body consists of receptors that respond to cannabis compounds. These omnipresent receptors play an important role in bone formation and prevent bone loss.
“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,” Gabet went.
Stressing the importance of differentiating clinical therapy from the psychoactivity, the team emphasized the need to develop appropriate medical therapies.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point. While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity,” remarked Gabet.
Despite scientific research showing the healing potential of cannabis, it is irony the USA federal law still classifies it as a drug with ‘no medical use’.