Recently, researchers in Israel found that cannabidiol (CBD)– an element of marijuana that does not get people high – improved the healing process in rats with broken leg bones after eight weeks.
That's right, America, let's keep hiding our heads in the sand. We've clearly stopped using our brains when it comes to treating ailments with marijuana, so why start now?
For those who don't know (because it's not commonly reported) marijuana has two main components: THC and CBD.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive component of cannabis. That's the part that gets people high. That's the reason marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 narcotic.
But then there's CBD. What Big Pharma would probably like all scientists to ignore. That's the curative component.
Don't believe me about Big Pharma? Then watch this video to see how much money that industry makes and how many politicians and physicians they control:
Cannabidiol (CBD) can be separated from THC and used for medical purposes. It won't get you high. But it will speed up healing processes in the broken leg bones, among other things, as Israeli scientists discovered last week.
It took a few days, but mainstream media is reporting on this incredible medical breakthrough.
The Washington Post reports that CBD improved the healing process of rats with broken leg bones.
According to the study -- published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research by Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University -- after researchers administered CBD to the rats for eight weeks, they discovered it “makes bones stronger during healing,” which could prevent future fractures. This process occurs because CBD enhances the maturation of collagen, the protein in connective tissue that “holds the body together.”
Makes me wonder if CBD could be better for bones than calcium supplements.
In earlier research, this same team learned that the body’s cannabinoid receptors “stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss.” Those findings open doors to how marijuana could also treat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
The Washington Post reports that medical marijuana (CBD) is "is already used to reduce some of the effects associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients. It is also used as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder."
Yet, Reuters reported that Colorado rejected medical marijuana (CBD) for PTSD treatment. This is the same state that legalized recreational marijuana (THC). Officials cited a lack of scientific research as the reasoning; this marks the third time the state refused to put PTSD on its approved list for medical marijuana.
So if you're suffering from PTSD in Colorado, you can legally get high, but you can't have access to medical marijuana...if you can figure out how that catch 22 makes any logical sense, leave a comment below.
However, existing research does show cannabis can be dramatically effective for those suffering with PTSD. A 2014 study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found PTSD symptoms could be reduced by at least 75 percent in some patients...so again, if you can figure out how Colorado's ruling makes any sense at all, leave a comment below.
Colorado will allow medical marijuana for sufferers of cancer, glaucoma, cancer and HIV/AIDS and it may be recommended for people in Colorado who have "a chronic or debilitating disease" that produces persistent muscle spasms, extreme weight loss, severe pain and nausea or seizures.
Reuters reports that while 22 veterans a day commit suicide, only nine states allow physicians to recommend medical marijuana for PTSD patients.
Which leaves me wondering what will it take? When will America turn to science instead of propaganda to treat PTSD? And if Israel starts using CBD to treat broken bones, will U.S. doctors follow suit? Or we continue to dig holes in the sand, and do what we do best?
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