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Oct 9 2016 – Kevin Yaworski – Global Citizen – http://wp.me/p1fJaD-Co
I read the following article recently about Medicinal Marijuana oil with high CBD and low THC for helping heal and strengthen bones and other benefits.
Then I heard one of the older guys I play hockey with Friday nights say he talked to his Dr. and he recently started using medicinal marijuana to treat his Parkinson’s. We thought he would have to stop playing after last season as the shaking in his hands and unsteadiness on the ice was getting so bad it was becoming dangerous for him and others. He doesn’t use it right before he plays but is regularly using it. This season he has very little shakes and is playing better than he has in years. Before this he was on pharmaceutical medication for his condition but his condition was slowly getting worse and his quality of life was deteriorating. You can’t get a more clear example in my eyes of the benefits of Medicinal Marijuana.
There is several studies and real world experience of health benefits for medicinal marijuana in its raw form (not heated, dried or…) but more research needed.
In a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in September 2014 found that treatment with 300 mg/day of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, without dementia or comorbid psychiatric conditions (i.e. those occurring at the same time as the primary disease), increased well-being and quality of life compared to patients who had received the placebo. More info here.
This and the article below got me thinking about my mom who has bad osteoarthritis and is getting one hip replaced in Nov. She knows she needs to lose some weight, change diet and lifestyle which she trying but I was wondering if medicinal marijuana with high CBD but low THC could help speed up recovery and if it could help prevent bone loss that may affect her other hip and knees etc…
I have a friend that works for Health Canada and used to inspect registered and licensed medical marijuana growers.
I wanted to pick their brain about this and was wondering what their thoughts were.
There is little confirmed science with cannabis for treatments of conditions other than pain appetite and anxiety. @ Heath Canada we always would refer people to discuss with their physician the options with cannabis. There is a ton of work underway studying under clinical trials in Canada Israeli and Europe. But there is few published papers so far. The hi CBD low THC oil is available from licensed cannabis producers in Canada.
I told her she can ask her Dr if she wants and can ask the Winkler surgeon if he has an opinion on this when we go there. My guess is since the use of this oil for this purpose is still new so they will likely require follow up studies and more info before they will have a say. See article including study info below.
There is risks with marijuana when not used in its raw form and especially so for youth and anyone with a history of mental illness in there family.
Here is an archive of the article with out the ads.
Scientists Discover Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones, Even Makes Them Stronger
A marijuana chemical known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps fractures heal faster and even make the bones stronger than they were before, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research/
CBD has no psychotropic effects (i.e. it does not affect your mental state unlike THC)
“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,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”
Bones contain cannabinoid receptors
The researchers inflicted mild femoral fractures on rats, then injected some of them with CBD, and others with CBD plus tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the ingredient that causes the marijuana high). They then evaluated the healing of the rats, comparing them with rats who had not received any marijuana chemicals.
The researchers found that rats injected with CBD had the same effect whether or not it was accompanied by THC.
“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet said.
“Other studies have also 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.”
The study supported the same team’s prior findings that the body contains receptors that respond to cannabinoid compounds, and that these receptors are not confined to the brain.
“We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant,” Gabet said.
The prior study found that the skeleton contains cannabinoid receptors that stimulate bone formation and inhibit bone loss. The new study seems to confirm these findings.
Medical marijuana benefits “undeniable”
The study is part of a growing body of research into the medical benefits of marijuana compounds, including CBD. The findings may lead to new research into ways that marijuana could be used to treat osteoporosis or other bone diseases.
“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Gabet said.
“While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity.”
The list of benefits to medical marijuana continues to grow. It is currently used primarily for chronic pain, to reduce side effects of chemotherapy and to improve appetite in AIDS patients. It has also shown promise in regulating blood sugar and slowing the progression of HIV. It is also being researched as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Studies have shown that CBD suppresses seizures, stops the metastasis of many aggressive cancers and may even kill leukemia cells.
A 2013 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD was just as effective as a popular antipsychotic drug in the treatment of schizophrenia and paranoia, but without the dangerous side effects. Other studies have confirmed the effectiveness of CBD as a safe antipsychotic.
Although marijuana remains technically illegal under U.S. federal law, it is legal to use CBD for research or for limited medical functions in 17 U.S. states. The medical use of marijuana itself is legal in 23 other states.
The federal government still classifies marijuana as having “no currently accepted medical use.” Yet even this may be starting to change. The FDA recently approved CBD extracts as an experimental treatment for Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy. Preliminary clinical trials are now going forward.
Cannabidiol, a major non-psychotropic cannabis constituent enhances fracture healing and stimulates lysyl hydroxylase activity in osteoblasts, Natalya M. Kogan et al., Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, doi: 10.1002/jbmr.2513, published online 10 May 2015, abstract.
Tel Aviv University news release
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