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Cannabis & Bone Health Magic Tricks

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Bones frame our bodies, providing protection to our organs. Bone density and strength decrease as we grow older, frequently resulting in broken bones. Cannabis to the rescue — at least in rats!

Bones are made up of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, other minerals, and collagen found In a According to a May 2015 study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, cannabidiol (CBD) can help to accelerate the healing process of fractured bones. Dr Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv University and Itai Bab of Hebrew University co-led researchers to test the theory on two sets of rats. One set of rats was given CBD alone and another set was given a mixture of CBD and ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD was found to stimulate the reproduction of bone cells by an enzyme to speed up collagen maturation (crosslinking as well as stabilizing). This, in turn, enables broken bones to heal faster and stronger.

“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. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”

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This is exciting news for patients who have osteoporosis and other bone conditions. Many current medicines have adverse effects (including severe bone, joint, and muscle pain and gastrointestinal problems), while CBD from cannabis does not. Because of the safety profile of CDB, clinical trials would help to ascertain the complete medical value of CBD to improve human bone health and fracture healing.

The Brain Protective Power of Cannabis

Many brain functions are still a mystery. Thanks to scientific studies, we know that medicinal cannabis can help regenerate our neurological cells, not kill brain cells!

“The medicinal benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids are immense, and it’s time everyone is allowed full access to this amazing healing herb.”

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Cannabis protects cells several ways–

  • Cannabinoids, compounds found in cannabis, incite brain cells to grow by neurogenesis and can alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress.
  • Low dose THC helps to protect brain cells from damage, such as stroke and head trauma, and may preserve cognitive function.
  • Traumatic head injured patients who have some THC in their blood are more likely to survive.
  • CBD and THC in cannabis (in mixture or independently) can help kill cancer cells and shrink brain tumors in concert with chemotherapy.
  • Low levels of THC act as an antioxidant, which can protect neuro cells by lowering beta-amyloid level. Beta-amyloid, which is present in high amounts in people with Alzheimer’s, is a protein in the brain that can clump together to form plagues. Plaques may activate the immune system to trigger inflammation.

Most of the cannabis studies referred to above utilized low doses of cannabinoids. Keep in mind that optimal dosage is key!

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