According to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, researchers discovered that nonpsychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) may help heal broken bones. When a bone is fractured, the body produces “fracture callus,” building a natural “bridge” between the areas of the break. This bridge is made of cartilage. Researchers found that cannabinoid receptors can trigger bone formation and strengthen the bridge that connects broken bones.
The study was performed in rat models, which is how most osteoporosis drugs are tested prior to clinical trials. In their study, researchers injected rats with broken thigh bones with either straight CBD or a combination of CBD and psychoactive THC.
While THC did not show much of any effect when it came to speeding up the body’s self-healing mechanisms, pure CBD did. The scientists found that bones of rats treated with CBD alone not only healed faster but the previous fracture was less likely to break in the future because of a strengthened fracture callus. The study estimated that the treated bone is 35-50% stronger than a non-treated bone.
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