According to the Times of Israel, researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that test rats with broken bones heal faster when given the non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research on Thursday, suggested that the bones not only heal faster but become stronger and more resilient against a repeated fracture, meaning that bones treated with the help of marijuana was less likely to break.
The scientists have explained that there seems to be a connection between cannabinoid receptors in the human body and the stimulation of bone growth.
Dr Yankel Gabet from Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory told the Times of Israel: “We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing. Other studies have 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.”
This is not the first time that scientists have noted the medical advantages of marijuana. In 2003 a study by the Virginia Commonwealth University revealed that marijuana could be used to help prevent epileptic seizures and also could be effective in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.