A new study claims that smoking weed may not be all that bad. A key ingredient in marijuana can help speed up the process of healing broken bones. Marijuana's most beloved chemical, called tetrahydrocannabinol or simply THC, was not the subject of a new study showing cannabis could be an effective treatment for fractures. Instead CBD or cannabidiol accounted for accelerated healing of bones.
The researchers tested CBD alone, as well as CBD with THC, on groups of rats with fractured femora. They found CBD and THC sped up the healing of the rats after eight weeks of treatment. CBD alone was nearly as effective at helping the bones to heal.
The study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research claims that the treatment did more than just mend bones. The compound made bones stronger during the healing. The clinical potentail of cannabinoid-related compounds are yet to be developed and studied upon.