CBD and bones_ Cannabis makes your bones stronger

September 3, 2018

We already know about the myriad of medical uses of cannabis. Anything from anxiety to epilepsy to cancer. And now, you can add healthier bones to list of marijuana’s medical benefits. CBD is a compound in cannabis, it is responsible for most of the beneficial properties of the plant. It turns out CBD also has a positive effect on human bones, it helps strengthen bones as well as accelerate the healing of fractures.


CBD and bones: What does the research say?

 A 2009 study concluded that  cannabinoid receptors will increase peak bone mass and bone marrow in age-related osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease where the the bone density decreases, this increases the risk of fractures. It is quite common among the elderly, specifically women due to smaller bones and menopause.

Observations throughout the study demonstrate that the CB1 receptor regulates peak bone mass through effects of osteoclasts, bone resorption and age-related bone loss. This means that CBD helped strengthen the fracture callus; the cartilage which mends the fracture. The CB1 receptor is therefore unique in that it regulates peak bone mass through an effect on osteoclast activity, but protects against age-related bone loss by regulating bone cells.


In one of the more recent studies, results show that CBD alone specifically helps with healing bone fractures. Tel Aviv University specifically examined the bone health with isolated CBD or a combination with THC. A group of mice was administered the CBD with/without THC.

"We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue," said researcher Yankel Gabet. "After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future."

The results concluded that CBD alone enhanced the biochemical properties of healing in a fracture. CBD brings about changes to the organic matrix of bones that affects the flexibility and toughness. Multiple experiments done to isolate the various effects of how CBD helps with bone growth. Findings show the callus has an increase in strength and toughness from CBD which is explained by osteoblastic bone formation.

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 These studies demonstrate how CBD and bone growth relate. Due to our skeletal endocannabinoid system, CBD is able to send signals to our bone cells. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle while your bones are healing so they can heal properly. CBD helps with bone growth to strengthen the bone by triggering osteoblasts.

As you grow older your bones will start to deteriorate and become brittle, making it easier for them to fracture. Old age also comes with bone diseases that block bone growth. An osteoporosis patient typically relies  on prescription medications for relief. These can come with side effects that make you feel even worse. Turning to cannabinoid, the natural alternative will eliminate the need for these side-effect ridden medications.

Source: ScienceDaily

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