In addition to healing, strengthening and maintenance of bones, cannabis is also believed to help a number of bone diseases including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. As explained above, the CDB helps the body maintain and strengthen bones. As a result, scientists believe that cannabis can be used in the treatment and prevention of disease.
“All current clinical treatments [have] been successfully tested on rodents before clinical practice of osteoporosis,” Gabet wrote in an email to LiveScience. “While there is no certainty, these results are promising for potential clinical applicability of the use of CBD for fracture healing in humans.”
Although these findings are promising, further research and testing is needed before the plant can be used as a treatment for the disease. In fact, according to reports, researchers are studying Cannabigerol (CBG), another non-psychoactive component of cannabis, for their potential bone healing properties.
CBD is not the only chemical believed to help in the treatment of osteoporosis. CB1 receptors can be found in the brain, bones and around the intestine. THC, the chemical responsible for giving the “high” to cannabis, is connected to the cell receptors in all these areas, which influence the biochemical processes at work in these regions.
In 2009, scientists discovered that CB1 receptor cells is linked to the development of age-related osteoporosis. The CB1 receptor regulates the amount of mature bone material breaks down and is reabsorbed into the body. According to the study, mice test subjects without CB1 receptors developed thick bones, but still suffered from osteoporosis.
Upon further review, the researchers found that these mice had the fat deposits inside the bone. The CB1 receptor also controls the amount of fat stored inside the bone, the researchers explained. When the bones have a higher fat content are more likely to break and cause osteoporosis.