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February 21, 2022 3 min read

There are lots of potential health benefits that CBD can bring to you, but is speculation about CBD healing, or helping broken bones a step too far? Broken bones and fractures are incredibly common, according toOsteo-Pharma, on average, every person will experience two broken bones over the course of a lifetime. 

There is no instant cure for a broken bone or fracture, and the way they are treated has remained the same for decades. The current and only well known treatment is to immobilise the bone with a plaster cast and painkillers to treat the pain, however, some more serious breaks require surgical intervention which can involve inserting metal rods or plates to hold the bones together. So, could there really be a natural alternative for helping to heal broken bones and fractures? We explore CBD and the potential links to how it could have the potential to heal broken bones.

What We Know About CBD So Far

CBD already has great clinical potential for a number of conditions including chronic pain management, help with inflammation, anxiety and depression and it can potentially treat epilepsy, among many other conditions. 

Whilst a lot is still speculative, there have been many confirmed studies which link between various conditions and the use of CBD including the use ofCBD for chronic pain associated with arthritis

CBD or cannabidiol products can be taken in a number of different ways to suit the users requirements. Sublingually is the most common method which usually involves placing a few drops of a CBD oil underneath your tongue. This is highly favoured as it’s one of the quickest ways for CBD to get into the bloodstream, as it bypasses the digestive system it doesn’t lose any of its strength in the process. It can also be eaten, drunk, swallowed and applied topically, it really is determined by personal preference and the reason for taking it. 

Existing Studies On CBD & Fractures

Not enough studies have currently been undertaken to identify if there is even a link between the use of CBD, cannabidiol products and in treating/helping fractures. However, a new study was conducted by Tel Aviv University in 2015 where researchersexploredthis promising new medical application for marijuana. The study was conducted on rats with mid-femoral fractures, found that CBD -- even when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive component of cannabis -- markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.

There was also earlier research conducted by the team who discovered that cannabinoid receptors within our bodies stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss. This paves the way for the future use of cannabinoid drugs to combat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. This is certainly promising stuff. 

Following the study, Dr. Gabet said, "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."

In Summary

Taking a look at these early findings on animals, and some preliminary human data,it appears that cannabinoids may boost the effectiveness of opioid painkillers whilst it can help to heal bones, and strengthen them. Although further studies have not been conducted so a definitive link cannot be made between the two.

There is no widespread, or accepted CBD treatment yet that can be used alongside other medication whilst treating a break. If you are interested in taking CBD as a natural alternative, remember to always consult your doctor beforehand. 

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