Israel has long led the field in medical marijuana innovation. Now, a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem has discovered that cannabis may help promote healing after breaking a bone.
The just-published study was led by Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at TAU’s Sack and the late Itai Bab of Hebrew University and offered yet another Israeli-innovated way that marijuana may be used in medicine.
According to their findings, which relied on foundational CBD research conducted by fellow Israeli researcher Raphael Mechoulam, a non-psychotropic component in marijuana is useful not only to bone healing but helping to prevent future breaks from occurring.
“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,” Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
They also found out that the CBD acted independently and was not enhanced when the psychotropic agent of marijuana (TBD) was added to the dosage given the rats.
“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Dr. Gabet explained. “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 researcher also noted that “the clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” and that research has shown that the human body is actually built to respond to marijuana and its medicinal properties.
“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 further noted, pointing out the great potential in cannabis research in finding effective treatments for a wide range of human diseases and injuries.