A new study investigating the health benefits of marijuana has found that smoking weed could actually help broken bones to heal faster.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that rats with broken bones healed much quicker when given the non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD.
The new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that not only did bones heal faster, but also they much stronger and more resilient against a repeated fracture. That means that the bones treated with marijuana were much less likely to break again!
The scientists behind the research believe that this is due to a connection between cannabinoid receptors in the human body and the stimulation of bone growth.
Speaking to the Times of Israel, Dr Yankel Gabet from Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory, said:
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.
This isn’t the first study to find medical advantages of marijuana – with previous researchers claiming the drug can effectively treat epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.