4 Studies Suggest CBD As a Possible Treatment for Osteoporosis

Posted on August 18, 2017

There are so many possible uses for CBD oil. Today let's discuss osteoporosis. Osteoporosis - a fancy word for “porous bones” - affects about 54 million Americans. Those affected have lowered bone mass and a higher susceptibility to bone fractures as a result. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Many people have no symptoms until they have a bone fracture.

Breaking a bone can create serious problems, especially for older patients. Fractures are not just painful. Broken bones can severely limit mobility, resulting in a host of other problems that come with not getting enough exercise, including weaker bones, causing a downward spiral into potential disability.

The body constantly absorbs and replaces bone tissue. With osteoporosis, new bone creation doesn't keep up with old bone removal. Although osteoporosis can affect all the bones of the body, breaks due to osteoporosis are most likely to occur in the hips, spine or wrist. These kinds of breaks can cause chronic pain issues that further complicate matters.

Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, low body weight, menopause, smoking, and some medications. There’s no “cure” for osteoporosis. Current treatments include supplementing diet with calcium and Vitamin D, getting more exercise (especially weight training), and pharmaceutical osteoporosis medications

Side effects of pharmaceutical treatments include esophageal ulcers, irregular heartbeat, calcium deficiencies, rashes, joint, bone, and muscle pain, and more.

In a number of lab studies, CBD has been showing promise as a treatment to mitigate the onset, progression, and damage caused by osteoporosis.

The endocannabinoid system is recognized to play an important role in regulating a variety of physiological processes, including appetite, energy, pain perception, and immune responses. The endocannabinoid system has also recently been implicated in the regulation of bone metabolism.

The human body produces cannabinoids naturally. These cannabinoids bind to receptors on cells and regulate their function. Many ailments are now attributed to insufficient production of endocannabinoids. CBD, a phytocannabinoid (one that comes from plants, particularly hemp), mimics the actions of our own naturally produced endocannabinoids and may have benefits when it comes to keeping our bones healthy and strong.

Here are four studies that that indicate CBD might be a strong candidate for a non-toxic and side-effect-free treatment for osteoporosis.  

Study 1
Cannabinoids and bone: friend or foe?

In this study, it was shown that mice with cannabinoid receptor deficiencies have relatively normal peak bone mass, but are likely to develop age-related osteoporosis. The results of the study indicate that cannabinoid receptors play important roles in bone remodeling and in the pathology of joint disease.

Study 2
Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts

In a study on rats, the maximal load on the bones markedly increased after treatment with CBD. The study showed that CBD leads to improvement in fracture healing.

Study 3
Cannabinoids and the skeleton: from marijuana to reversal of bone loss.

In this preclinical study, results show that synthetic CBD stops and reverses bone loss.

Study 4 
Endocannabinoids and the regulation of bone metabolism.

This study looked at the endocannabinoid system’s role in bone metabolism. Findings suggest, once again, that bone loss can be prevented and reversed by stimulating endocannabinoid receptors within bones.

So where does that leave us?

Osteoporosis is a serious condition which requires professional medical attention. Much research still needs to be done to determine how each cannabinoid affects the human body, but results of studies done so far are promising.

A lot can be done to reduce risk factors such as getting more exercise and eating foods which support bone health, such as hemp oil which contains vitamins and minerals important to bone health. Try our line of CBD Oils. We also offer vape juices, CBD infused ediblesCBD isolates, or our new line of  Biotech CBD creams.

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