Broken bones? The answer to speedier healing might be found in weed. Yes, that’s weed. Mary-Jane, marijuana, pot. It has a lot of names and under anyone of them, it might hold the answer to better recovery from broken bones.
Nope. Not joking. Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel have found that one of the oils in the psychotropic drug marijuana has proven to help bones heal quicker and stronger after a mild fracture. That’s right, marijuana makes “if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” a true statement.
I know. I was confused too.
BUT! I have an explanation.
So here’s what I know. There is a non-psychotropic oil called “cannabinoid cannabidiol”, or CBD, found in marijuana that interacts with receptors in the brain that help stimulate healing.
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Psychotropic just means that it makes you high. So CBD does not have the properties to make you high, it just interacts with parts of your brain that encourage your brain to heal the bones faster, and making them harder to break in the future.
How it works is that CBD encourages the collagenous matrix (the stuff that forms your bones before they become bones) to grow faster while keeping healthy. Which means that after the bone is finished healing, it’ll be harder to break.
So it’s only been tested on rats…
They performed a test on rats with breaks in their mid-femoral bones (the middle of the femur bone, or the big bone in you thigh). They split the rats into two groups. One group that was only exposed to CBD and another group that was exposed to THC and CBD. THC and CBD were only slightly more effective at healing than CBD alone.
HOWEVER! Bad news potheads. THC doesn’t actually possess the same properties of CBD. THC cannot heal the way CBD does. The reason the THC/CBD hybrid is so effective is because of the way the two chemicals combine. THC only provides a boost to CBD. Sort of like how an amp makes a guitar louder, but doesn’t make any sound on it’s own.
The reason is that CBD works is that the brain already posses a cannabinoid system that is involved in a variety of physiological processes (physical or hormonal things that happen within your body) including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, which is why cannabis (aka marijuana) affects the brain.
But they’re working on ideas for applying it to people!
What this means that the affects of CBD are undeniable. The therapies that will assist in the healing process need a lot of work – like what the best way to administer CBD is, without getting high as a side effect.
To read the study itself click here.
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