Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.
A study by researchers from Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities finds that the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can help heal bone fractures. When it was administered to rats with mid-femoral fractures, it showed that it “markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.” They found that the CBD made improvements alone which gave hope for more research down the line. It also showed that the bones were healing stronger with CBD.
The team had found in earlier research that the natural cannabinoid receptors in our bodies stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
A separate study at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in Cannabis, can delay the rejection of incompatible transplant organs. They say it helps by suppressing immune response in the recipient. Of course this is exciting news and more research is necessary, but make sure to note to let any potential transplant patient not to use Cannabis without the physician’s consent!
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