Study: Marijuana helps bones heal faster

A new study from Tel Aviv University suggests another medical breakthrough for marijuana.

FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so. Officials at Ataraxia in the Edwards County city of Albion, Ill., said Monday, July 13, 2015 that they received state authorization July 10, and have started cultivating the genetic strains that will be the basis of their products. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

(MEDIA GENERAL) – According to a new study from Tel Aviv University, marijuana helps broken bones heal faster.

The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research last week, stated rats with broken bones healed much quicker when given a non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD. Also, rats treated with a cannabidiol not only healed faster, but their bones were stronger and less likely to suffer a repeated fracture.

Dr. Yankel Gabet, from TVU’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.”

Medical marijuana is an exploding field in medicine, but quite limited in the United States. Research for medicinal uses of marijuana is tightly controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency because marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has been deemed to have no medicinal value and has a high potential for abuse. To conduct clinical research involving marijuana, teams need to have their study approved by the DEA, which many researchers have called a problematic process.

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