A study conducted on rats at Tel Aviv University in Israel found a relationship between cannabinoids and the healing of broken bones. There has been a lot of controversy concerning the importance of whole plant medicine in response to pharmaceutical companies trying to isolate cannabinoids in order to patent them. Research is now being directed towards examining the different effects of individual cannabinoids on variety of physiological, psychological, and behavioral variables. Previous studies have showed the involvement of cannabinoids in regulating vital and non-vital systems, seemingly with significant therapeutic benefits. However there are many patients who refuse to try cannabis treatment due to the stigmatized effects / ‘high’ associated with the plant. Fortunately, there is a current paradigm shift from the anti-drug propaganda to a more progressive study of what it is that marijuana actually does to us and to further understand the medicinal benefits that citizens have been advocating for.
This study was conducted to determine whether there was a difference in therapeutic efficiency of
healing fractured bones between whole plant medicine, cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) paired with tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), or CBD only treatment. CBD is a cannabinoid found in marijuana that carries no psychoactive properties, meaning it won’t get you ‘high’.
Dr. Yankel Gabet from the Bone Research Laboratory at Tel Aviv University says “We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for mineralization of bone tissue. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future. The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds are simply undeniable at this point. While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psycho activity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psycho activity.”
The study found there to be no significant difference in efficiency between CBD treatment and CBD / THC treatment. Both treatments sped up the healing in the rats after eight weeks. Children benefit vastly from CBD only treatment because it’s a non-psychotropic compound, suggesting it won’t have any effects of brain development.
These results are highly beneficial because they provide a basis for further research and a resource to the currently operating medical establishment. With legalization down the road, in Canada, we can hope that health practitioners will turn to studies such as these to gain knowledge on the therapeutic effects of CBD so that patients can receive the proper resources and treatment options that can efficiently improve their health.