Scientists Say Cannabis Can Help Heal Broken Bones

July 20, 2015   |   Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler
July 20, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) For years, scientists have uncovered the medical benefits of cannabis for treating everything from anxiety and insomnia to more debilitating disorders like Crohn’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer—to name a few. Now, Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University have found yet another medical use of cannabis: treating broken bones.

The new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, examined the effects of non-psychoactive CBD on broken bones. Cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis that is particularly favorable for treatment because unlike tetrayhydrocannibinol (THC)—the best-known cannabinoid—CBD offers medical advantages without inflicting the “high” traditionally associated with marijuana (because of this, it is widely used to stop seizures in epileptic children).

While the same research team previously discovered that CBD was effective in stimulating the formation of bone and inhibiting bone loss, the new study analyzed broken bones, specifically. According to the researchers,

The study, conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures, found that CBD—even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive component of cannabis—markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.

The scientists also studied the effects of CBD in conjunction with THC and found that CBD alone was sufficient to facilitate healing. As one of the lead researchers, Dr. Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, said,

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 tissueAfter being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”

Though the study was conducted on rats, the findings have far-reaching implications for humans.  “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 explained.

The researchers also established that the skeletal system is regulated by cannabinoids. Because of humans’ innate responsiveness to cannabis, they believe CBD can help treat osteoporosis (a condition that causes bones to become brittle and porous) and other bone-related diseases.

Even so, the study’s authors cautioned that much research is still needed. “The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said. “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.

From short-term to chronic, mental to physical, and minor to major ailments, the medical benefits of cannabis are no longer disputable. The biggest impediment to unleashing the full medical potential of marijuana, at this point, remains the increasingly archaic global War on Drugs and governments’ uninformed, stubborn refusals to legalize treatment.


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Author: Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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  1. Fuck you and any post that says "cannibullshit cures cancer" stupid ignorant fucks. Extremely disrespectful to anyone that is fighting cancer.

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  2. It didn't mention anything about curing cancer, it treats, as in alleviates the symptoms, i can tell you from ppl i know, cannabis helps with the pain and nausea and all the side effects of chemo, they still studying the plant, but the benefits are there, don't knock it just yet.

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  3. Proper ignoranus! What makes you think radiotherapy cures it? There's published research mate.

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  4. Ryan Duflot Post the link buddy, I have done extensive research. There is no fucking research and it doesn't fucking cure cancer. Anyone who thinks it does is a fucking idiot. Go down to any fucking doctor office, and ask someone in the medical field if marijuana will magically cure someone who you know's cancer. They will fucking laugh at you, but they SHOULD slap you.
    Post links to real and well backed research articles, and I will change my mind.
    Hours, of days, over years, and I keep up to date on as much science discoveries as possible, and I have seen NOTHING.
    I currently have multiple relatives and friends with cancer, and if anyone told me to me face this bull shit, I would knock their fucking teeth out.
    It's spitting on the people in pain.

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  5. Luis Escobar In the very beginning this article boasted big claims, most of which have been shown to be false, and no actual recorded accounts of any of it.
    I will agree with the pain and nausea, however what some people neglect to mention is it can also cause ill side effects, and does not always work.
    There are plenty of other pain medications what are far superior to cannibust oil.
    Trust me, I think there is a time and place to anything and everything, however when articles start spouting off this "pot cure cancer', I get fucking livid.
    It's not a fucking joke, it's not a fucking game.
    And they are spreading false hope, and lies in general. SOMEONE needs to battle the side of reality.
    If you disagree, I invite you to continue researching, and NOT articles like this.
    Heavily backed, well documented, names of the attendants, researchers, scientists, doctors, the University or Lab it was done.
    You will realise that marijuana is not a miracle drug, and has good, and most certainly bad, effects on our health.

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  6. looks to me joel is puting a lot of time to destroy the real health benifets of this plant, Mmmmm!!!! I wonder why?

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