Can Cannabis help broken bones and make them stronger?
Cannabis is used for a wide range of reasons; for pain-management, ailments, medical, recreational, relaxation so on, so forth. There is a magnitude of reasons why people use cannabis and each reason is personal to that specific user. When cannabis is administrated medically, it is typically used for some-sort of pain management and not to cure said ailment. But recent scientific research shows that cannabis can play a huge role in healing broken bones.
No, I'm not lying! This is true. In recent years cannabis research has been at the forefront of medical research. But only until recently has the effects of cannabis come to light. The most significant developments in this line of research has been what scientists call the “endocannabinoid system”. The endocannabinoid system is made up of specific receptors that are primarily affected by chemicals already in your body — endocannabinoids.
As we all may know, or not know the two most prominent chemicals in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Both chemicals effect the body in various ways. THC produces the psychoactive high people seek when they use drugs recreationally. Later research has yielded the discovery of a plethora of other phyto-cannabinoids that do not produce a psychoactive effect but do demonstrate therapeutic potential.
The other notable chemical in cannabis, CBD has powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and as shown to essentially halt seizures.
In the context to cannabis and bone-healing the endocannabinoid receptor, GPR55 plays a role in the regulation of bone mass by inhibiting the growth of cells, osteoclasts that promote the resorption of bone minerals. The chemicals CBD and THC work in conjunction with one another. A paper in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences suggests that CBD can inhibit bone resorption; whereas THC has the opposite effect on the receptor and negate the positive effects of CBD.
No cast, just cannabis?
Marijuana is effective in healing and increasing bone help because our bones contain receptors. During the study, the researchers inflicted mild bone fractures on rats, (I know it’s so sad,) and then injected the rats with CBD, plus tetrahydrocannabinol. Afterward, they observed the healing effects and rates of the rats injected and compared them to rats who had not been injected. They found that CBD alone was sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing.
It is important to note, however, that CBD specifically, and not the cannabis plant, is implicated in the therapeutic effects on bones. As such, consuming just any cannabis would not necessarily be effective. Any treatment would require an effort to isolate or increase the concentration of CBD and remove or reduce THC.
The research of cannabis aiding in broken bones is still in its infancy, but the future is promising. Here's to stronger bones in the future, though!
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