The Israeli cannabis research and development efforts are unmatched by any other country. Researchers at Tel Aviv University conducted a study on rats with mid-femoral fractures and were able to determine that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic component of cannabis, can help heal bone fractures.
Dr. Yankel Gabet, of the Bone Research Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University issued the following statement:
“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 human body has a cannabinoid system that is involved with regulating both vital and non-vital systems. He said this is why tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychogenic compound in marijuana, has an effect on the human brain.
CBD and THC sped up the healing process
The researchers tested the effect that CBD had alone, as well as its effect when combined with THC. The researchers were able to determine that CBD and THC sped up the healing of the rats after eight weeks of treatment. They were also able to determine that CBD was nearly as effective at helping the bones heal without THC.
Gabet said, “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.”
Cannabis clearly has medical benefits
This finding provides marijuana advocates with another example of the medical benefits of marijuana. Researchers are just starting to learn about the medical benefits and they have not even scratched the surface. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, recently said that preliminary data shows that marijuana can be help treat certain medical conditions.
After Dr. Murthy made these comments, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells. Their April 2015 publication noted that recent animal studies showed that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors.
In mid-April, CNN aired Weed 3: A Marijuana Revolution, which featured a number of people suffering from various illnesses who found marijuana to be the best form of treatment. The program was hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta who said on the program that “we should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now.”
This finding, as well as the recent admission by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as the opinion of the United States Surgeon General and Sanjay Gupta should promote increased support for the rescheduling of cannabis.