Sticks and stones may break your bones and cannabis may heal them. New rodent research found that cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of the plant, significantly enhanced the healing of broken legs after just eight weeks.
A team of scientists from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University co-led by Dr. Yankel Gabet and Itai Bab conducted the research, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and noted on sciencedaily.com.
"The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point," Gabet said in a university release. "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 psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity."
The researchers conducted the study on rats with mid-femoral fractures. They found that CBD, even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive component of cannabis, markedly improved the healing process of the bones. "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 Gabet.
The CBD not only helped heal the bones, it improved them. "After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future," said Gabet.