Cannabis can help bones heal, study finds

Cannabis or marijuana is known for being a rich source of an anti-inflammatory compound. Now, a study is suggesting that that compound with anti-inflammatory properties can aid bone fracture healing significantly.

The said study was conducted on rats carrying from mid-femoral fractures on their bones. Oral consumption of non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol or CBD appeared to trigger notable improvement in the fractured bone areas within just 8 weeks.

Yankel Gabet of Israel’s Tel Aviv University, who also happens to be one of the study’s lead researchers, said that he and his team have found that CBD alone is effective enough to improve fracture healing.

For those who don’t know: medical use of cannabis or marijuana has been common in numerous societies on this planet for centuries. However, government in most countries banned therapeutic application of marijuana during the 1930s and 40s. It is believed that the governments had to take such a decision due to the increasing awareness about the perils of addiction.


It’s only recently that we saw experts re-investigating different medical benefits of cannabis. Here, it must be mentioned that several studies conducted during the past few years have talked about marijuana’s ability to alleviate symptoms of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and so on.

The study we are discussing here was published recently in the Journal of Bone & Mineral research. During the said study, the rats were divided into two groups.

Rats in the first group were injected with CBD alone and those in the second group were injected with a combination of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive component present in cannabis.

After comparing the effects of both treatments on rats, the researchers came to the conclusion that CBD managed to provide necessary therapeutic stimulus when used alone.

Gabet, when speaking about the effects of CBD on the rats’ fractured bone, said that CBD is enough for making bones stronger during the healing process. He added that CBD is so effective due to its ability to aid maturation of collagenous matrix, a component playing the key role in promoting mineralization of bone tissues. Gabet further informed that CBD-based treatment make bones harder so that they cannot be broken easily in the future.

The findings of this study might result in formulation of cannabinoid drugs for treating bone disorders such as osteoporosis.