In a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Israeli scientists found that broken bones healed quicker and stronger when patients consumed cannabidiol, or CBD, a naturally occurring and non-psychoactive substance found in marijuana.
“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,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
The researchers’ study consisted of administering CBD to a group of rats with mid-femoral fractures. After eight weeks, the reaserchers saw marked improvement in the broken bones. They injected another group of rats with a mixture of CBD and THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. After comparing the results, they concluded that CBD alone was the most effective treatment.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” said Gabet.
Hundreds of scientific research studies have proven that marijuana provides medical benefits to many health conditions. For these reasons, 17 states have legalized CBD for limited medical use or research, while 23 other states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Yet, the federal government still continues to ban marijuana, classifying it as a Schedule 1 substance, which incorrectly categorizes as a dangerous drug with “no currently accepted medical use.”