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New Study Shows Marijuana Could Help Heal Broken Bones

The bad news: the compound responsible for the high has nothing to do with it.

A new study shows that weed may actually help bones to heal—both faster, and stronger. Scientists at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine tested out the effects of two different marijuana compounds for healing broken bones.

The first step was, of course, to get a bunch of mice high. The scientists adminstereed a cocktail of THC (which creates the recreational drug's famous high) and cannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD, to lab rats. Then, they compared the results to a separate group who received only CBD. The scientists found that THC  had no benefit for healing bones. But CBD, which also occurs naturally in cannabis leaves and stems, proved to help mice recover from their fractures more effectively.

Researchers believe that CBD allows for more minerals to get into the healing bone tissue, creating a stronger, sturdier frame. According to lead scientist Yankel Gabet, that actually makes the bone harder to break again. This perk is independent of the, uh, side effects that come from THC. In other words, you don’t actually need to get high to see the benefits—doctors could theoretically isolate CBD for human medication in the future.

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