Marijuana use remains controlled due to its proven psychotropic properties. However, studies show that some of the non-psychotropic compounds found within the drug can be medically useful in regenerating bone and treating fractures.
The Road to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is legal in US 24 states and the District of Columbia, and has been extended to legal recreational use in Washington State and Colorado.
The acceptance of marijuana for medical and recreational use has risen gradually based on the strength of emerging evidence.
Medical marijuana is the use of cannabis, or its derivatives, to treat a disease or manage its symptoms. The use of marijuana for medical treatment is a relatively recent phenomenon in Western medicine due to the restriction of the drug that has been in place since the 1930s and 40s.
However, as current legalization efforts in the US and elsewhere show, there is a growing appreciation for the plants medical potential despite lingering questions.
“Using rats with mid-femoral fractures, researchers found that CBD HEALS BONE fractures markedly.”
Cannabis is made up of many compounds, but the most notable ones are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is probably the most well-known, as it is the psychoactive component of the plant and is the main reason for recreational use (although some medical benefits have been attributed to the compound.
CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive, and new research shows how now the compound can be medically beneficial in physical regeneration.
How CBD Heals Bone Fractures
A recent study published by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University in Israel has found that CBD helps heal bone fractures.
Using rats with mid-femoral fractures, researchers found that CBD heals bone fractures markedly.
“this study adds to the evidence on the benefits of medical marijuana, refuting its status as a Schedule I substance with no medically accepted treatment”
A previous study by the team found that the body has cannabinoid receptors, which encourages the formation of bones and limits bone loss.
The fact that the body has natural, built-in cannabidiol receptors led the researchers to believe that CBD from outside sources like marijuana might also activate those receptors, providing a therapeutic effect to patients suffering from bone conditions.
Changing Attitudes Toward Cannabis-based Treatments
While the benefits of non-psychoactive components of marijuana are becoming clear, the plant still remains federally categorized as an illegal drug in the US. Part of the criteria for Schedule I substances like cannabis is that they have no medically accepted treatment in the US, but t
Part of the criteria for Schedule I substances like cannabis is that they have no medically accepted treatment in the US, but the results of this most recent study add to the growing body of evidence on the benefits of clinical uses for medical marijuana; hence, they provide a not only a rational basis for legalization but also a reputation as a useful treatment.