Medical marijuana products rich in cannabidiol (CBD) can help the healing process of bone fractures, researchers say.
In a study published by the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, scientists at the Hebrew University Bone Laboratory administered CBD to rats with mid-femoral fractures.
“CBD markedly enhanced the biomechanical properties of the healing femora after 8 weeks,” researchers reported.
Researchers also evaluated the administration of both CBD and THC, but did not find it to be more advantageous than CBD by itself.
“CBD alone is sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing… Multiple experimental and clinical trials have portrayed CBD as a safe agent suggesting further studies in humans to assess its usefulness for improving fracture healing,” the study concluded.
CBD-rich cannabis could prove beneficial for bones as well as joints, as patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis are now reportedly using medical marijuana for pain relief.