Medical benefits of marijuana have been one of the major selling points in the push to legalize weed. After years of slow progress toward government-approved medical use, a few states have even gone all the way to make legal recreational use a reality.
One new study might add even more motivation for marijuana to become fully accepted as a therapeutic drug. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have uncovered new evidence that suggests weed may have a use in promoting the healing of broken bones, reported Russia Today.
Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv's Bone Research Laboratory presented findings that show that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, may have therapeutic qualities in the mending of fractured bones. CBD can be separated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component of marijuana commonly attributed to cause the altered state produced by taking the substance.
"While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity... We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing... The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future."Because of the ability of the chemical to able to have positive outcomes for the healing of broken bones, there will undoubtedly be a continued effort to prove the effectiveness of CBD.
"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."Medical marijuana has also been shown to be effective for a range of other ailments. One of the most recently discovered is a possible positive influence on Alzheimer's disease. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease presented findings indicative of a use for the substance to treat the disease, previously reported Inquisitr.
"Decreased levels of amyloid beta means less aggregation, which may protect against the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Since THC is a natural and relatively safe amyloid inhibitor, THC or its analogs, may help us develop an effective treatment in the future."Would you consider using medical marijuana or CBD to treat a broken bone?
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