CBD & Bone Healing
Ouch! Car accident, falling on a bike, sport, games, even a simple carpet. The opportunities to break a bone are legion. And we are not all equal in the face of this risk. According to several experts, the number of fractures in the world will double by 2040. Let's find out together what the main causes of fractures are and how best to treat them.
What's a fracture ?
A fracture is a partial or total rupture of a bone. It even happens that a bone is broken in several places. The breakage can be due to a fall, a shock, a fatigue fracture, osteoporosis, etc. The fracture can be closed, or open (with skin tearing), with bone displacement or not, with bone fragments or not. There is a fracture specific to children: the green wood fracture. Because in these small patients, the bone is not yet as hard as in an adult. It is rather soft, and breaks like a branch of green wood. Thus, the child's bone will not break, but more precisely it will bend with bone tears.
When a bone fracture occurs, the diagnosis is usually made by an emergency doctor. He will ask all necessary questions to the patient (circumstances, time of injury, location of pain, etc.), and conduct a clinical examination. After the examination, an X-ray will confirm the diagnosis, pinpoint the exact location of the bone fracture, and possibly find other important information. (are there other broken bones on the same bone, are there other broken bones)
Once the diagnosis is well established, doctors will return the fractured bone to its normal anatomical position, either manually or surgically. Then the injured part is immobilized, to allow for proper bone healing. Analgesics may be prescribed to reduce pain. Once the injury is well consolidated, a period of re-education (physiotherapy) allows for a return to proper mobility.
CBD and bone healing.
CBD is a molecule belonging to the cannabinoid family. It is extracted from industrial hemp (Sativa Cannabis). Unlike THC-rich (illegal) recreational cannabis, Sativa Cannabis contains almost no THC, less than 0.2%, which is why CBD is legal for sale. CBD is recognized for its immense therapeutic potential. It is particularly known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties. Here are the results of the latest research on the effects of CBD in patients with fractures.
- Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem demonstrated in a study published in 2015, that CBD improves the biomechanical healing properties of fractures in rats.
- Another study also shows that the effects of CBD stimulate the enzymes responsible for the cross-linking of collagen, a protein that is very important in the construction of connective tissue.
The conclusion of these studies shows that CBD (Cannabis Sativa) probably participates in the improvement of the biomechanical properties of calluses in bone fractures.