Cannabis & Bone Joint Health
Bones frame our bodies, providing protection to our organs. Bone density and strength decrease as we grow older, frequently resulting in broken bones. Recent discoveries prove compounds in cannabis may help prevent bone diseases and speed bone repair.
Diseases like osteoporosis can make bones incredibly brittle. So much so that they can break even after a soft fall. Research conducted over the past several years has found that cannabinoids may be potent therapeutic agents for protecting against painful bone diseases.
Without bones our bodies would be unable to move. As we get older bone density decreases. However recent studies on rats may link cannabinoids with healthy bones.
CBD’s can help to accelerate the healing process of fractured bones. Dr Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv University and Itai Bab of Hebrew University co-led researchers to test the theory on two sets of rats.
One set of rats was given CBD alone and another was given CBD and THC. CBD was found to stimulate the reproduction of bone cells by an enzyme to speed up collagen maturation (crosslinking as well as stabilizing). This, in turn, enables broken bones to heal faster and stronger.
This is good news for sufferers of osteoporosis or other bone conditions. CBD’s have no side affects, unlike modern medicines.
Because of the safety profile of CDB, clinical trials would help to ascertain the complete medical value of CBD to improve human bone health and fracture healing.