Cannabis can heal us in so many ways. From relieving pain and inflammation to letting us get a good night’s sleep, cannabis works wonders. But what about bone health? A study conducted in Israel has found that cannabis, more specifically CBD, can help to strengthen and heal bones.
Lab rats were given bone fractures and then given either THC and CBD or just CBD and observed. The study, conducted in 2015, found that over an eight week period the rats given CBD saw significant improvement. Those rats healed faster and had a strengthened fracture callus. The rats given THC and CBD did not have these same results. So essentially, the rats given high CBD healed faster and stronger than their low CBD counterparts.
There’s a growing amount of evidence that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in maintaining bone health, preventing and treating arthritis, and preventing osteoporosis. Your ECS achieves all of this through working with your CB1 and CB2 receptors, as well as your immune system. For instance, one study conducted in 2009 found that the CB2 receptor was significantly involved in the regulation of bone growth and strength.
These studies show how cannabis can be used to keep bones healthy. The lead researcher of the study, Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv University, certainly thinks it can. “Other studies have also 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.” Hopefully, the study can act as a guide for future research into this area.
The findings of this research could have incredible implications. Bone health is a significant part of overall health. If fractures could be healed faster, bones strengthened, and osteoporosis prevented the suffering of millions could be eased. So drink your milk and smoke your weed everybody!
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.