While cannabis, also known as marijuana, was banned in most countries back in the 1930s and ’40s as a result of a growing awareness of addiction’s dangers, a new study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Hebrew University has found that the administration of cannabidiol (CBD) — a non-psychotropic component cannabinoid contained within marijuana — has the ability to enhance the healing process of the femora bone after just eight weeks, TAU reported.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, was jointly led by the late Professor Itai Bab of Hebrew University’s Bone Laboratory and Dr. Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory at the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology.
The study’s remarkable findings come as a result of research conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures and the results, enhanced bone fracture healing, were observed even when CBD was isolated from the major psychoactive component of cannabis, THC.
In prior research, the same team of investigators found that cannabinoid receptors within the human body stimulate bone formation and inhibit bone loss — a discovery which could pave the way in the fight against osteoporosis and other bone-related ailments.
Dr. Gabet was quoted by Tel Aviv University as having said that the “clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point” and “there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies,” while noting that CBD is an anti-inflammatory with “no psychoactivity.”
The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point (…) 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.
In other weed news, scientists in Colorado have found marijuana to contain contaminants, increased THC levels and less CBD after analyzing cannabis with sophisticated machinery.
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