TEL AVIV, Israel (KRON/MEDIA GENERAL) — A new study suggests an expanded role for marijuana’s use for medicinal purposes: Researchers now say cannabis may help speed up the process of healing broken bones.
The study from Tel Aviv University found rats with broken bones healed much quicker when given a non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD. What’s more, researchers say rats treated with a cannabidiol not only healed faster, but their bones were stronger and less likely to suffer a repeated fracture.
Dr. Yankel Gabet, from TVU’s Bone Research Laboratory told the Times of Israel: “We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing. Other studies have 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.”
The medicinal use of marijuana is an exploding field in medical research, but in the U.S., clinical studies are extremely limited. Research is tightly controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency because marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug. That means it has been deemed to have no medicinal value and has a high potential for abuse.
To conduct clinical research involving marijuana, teams are required to have their study approved by the DEA, which many researchers have called an arduous and challenging process.
The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research last week.