Despite UN reports and warnings against drug addiction, especially teenagers and young adults taking to marijuana, cocaine, and other forms on an alarming level, an Israeli study tried to put some rare benefits of it in a move to counter the criticism.
The study by Israeli scientists has shown that smoking weed may help in curing broken bones. The team from Tel Aviv University and University of Hebrew, both in Israel, has discovered that utilizing the non-psychotropic element in Marijuana, namely “cannabinoid cannabidiol” (CBD) considerably helps in curing broken bones.
The team performed an experiment on rats that suffered fractures in their mid-femoral region. Only after eight weeks, they noticed that CBD – even after keeping secluded from “tetrahydrocannabinol” (THC) – the chief psychoactive element of cannabis, noticeably boosted the curing process of the femora.
Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv University who jointly led the study with late Itai Bab of University of Hebrew, said that CBD solely boosted the “maturation of the collagenous matrix” that is the base for “new mineralization of bone tissue.”
He added, “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
The research team injected one section of rats with a mixture of THC and CBD, while another with only CBD. After scrutinizing the running of THC and CBD together, they discovered that CBD alone incited the curing process of the bone fractures.
Previously, the same team of Gabet and Itai, found that cannabinoid receptors in human bodies, accelerated development of bones and constrained its loss.
Gabet explained that human bodies are furnished with a cannabinoid system that controls both vital and non-vital systems.
The team discovered that human skeleton itself is controlled by cannabinoids and an extra non-psychogenic element, working outside the brain can even affect the skeleton.
Gabet further said that “other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent” that has seeded the belief in them that they should carry on with this particular study in clinical trials to evaluate its utility in betterment of bone fracture curing.
He stated although they need to do a lot of work to foster apt remedies, it is distinct that an aim for clinical therapy for bone fractures can be drawn from the “psychoactivity of cannabis.” He also added, “CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity.”
The report explains that it was only in 1930s and 40s that the therapeutic utilization of marijuana was banned in majority of the countries before being used for remedial purpose in the society for ages. However, the essential medical advantages of marijuana in improving symptoms of major diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s have only been recently reconsidered.
The study has been published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.