Sometimes I’m truly amazed at the amount of physiological benefits that can be derived from the consumption of the cannabis plant. I’m constantly searching for published information supporting those benefits, and finding out cannabis can also help with bone health was another intriguing surprise.
Cannabinoids is a broad term for a family of chemical compounds (some say about 100 of them) that can have a variety of beneficial effects on the human body. Following the ingestion of the plant material, cannabinoids can have a direct effect in any area of the body which has the appropriate receptor.
Turns out, some of those cannabinoid receptors are in our bones, which means bones can respond positively to the ingestion of cannabis.
CBD, the most well known cannabinoid, significantly enhances bone healing in just 8 weeks according to published reports of scientists at Tel Aviv University. One of the findings showed a sharp increase in collagen cross linking, leading to better healing and stronger bone.
In earlier research, the same team found these cannabinoid receptors were involved in stimulating bone formation and inhibiting bone loss. This discovery could lead to an effective treatment to counter osteoporosis and other bone related diseases.
- Ligament Damage
- Cartiliage Repair
CBD was tested further and and resulted in increased bone volume, thickness & ability to take an increased compressive load force. All of this happened after only 14 days of treatment!
While these studies were done on rats in a laboratory setting, scientists are hopeful the same mechanisms will provide positive results in humans as well.
Written by Brad Pennington of MMJ In the USA www.mmjintheusa.com the #1 searchable resource for positive medical marijuana research. Every post is linked to supportive scientific facts you can use to support the use of natural marijuana as medicine.