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Medical Marijuana Possible Treatment for Osteoporosis

Mike Barrett
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June 23rd, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 7:57 pm
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Although research is not conclusive, some studies shows that medical marijuana could be a potential solution for those suffering from osteoporosis. While osteoporosis is especially a problem among women, with approximately 4.5 million women 50 years old and over suffering from the condition, it is also a problem among men, with nearly 0.8 million men 50 and over experiencing the health problem.

Some research found that, while excessive cannabis use may reduce bone strength in younger individuals, using the plant could protect against osteoporosis later in life by activating a naturally occurring molecule (cannabinoid receptor, or CB1) in the body that is key to osteoporosis development.

To examine the relationship between cannabis and osteoporosis development, researchers funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign used similar compounds to those in cannabis which activate the CB1 receptor. As mentioned, they found that the compounds helped to weaken bone tissue in the young, but also showed that bone loss in older mice decreased. Fat accumulation around the bones was also prevented, which is a known occurrence in people with osteoporosis.

“This is an exciting step forward, but we must recognise that these are early results and more tests are needed on the effects of cannabis in humans to determine how the effects differ with age in people. We plan to conduct further trials soon and hope the results will help to deliver new treatments that will be of value in the fight against osteoporosis,” said study leader Stuart Ralston, the Arthritis Research Campaign Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Edinburgh.

The possibility of using medical marijuana may not exist for everyone, but it could be a possible solution for those who do have access to this kind of treatment. What’s more, the ability to use medical marijuana is slowly expanding throughout the United States due to the benefits of medical marijuana being recognized and the desire for freedom and legalization is growing, and therefore more individuals could benefit over the next few years.

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  • http://www.ChiropractorLongBeach.net Sam Royerson

    If this medical marijuana will be successfully proven to be used for treatment for osteoporosis, that will be better. Marijuana in itself is not a negative object, only that people abused its use for their personal addiction. This could really be a great development in medicine, marijuana will no longer be associated with bad things but it could be viewed as herbal plant. But of course, it would be better if aided with natural ways as well as offered by Chiropractor.

  • ThomasT

    And boron, and raw milk products, prevent,not mayvbe treat,

    Why raw milk? Pasteurisation destroys 90% of the phosphotase enzyme needed for calcium absorption.

    The corrupt, controlled, misnformed pseudo-dieticians are not permitted to tell you this.

  • JP

    Is it proper to call Tylenol, medical Tylenol? How about calling penicillin, medical penicillin? No? Then let's just drop the "medical" label period, okay? I know it's an attempt to legitimize it, but the truth be told, you can't legitimize ignorance. It's not "medical marijuana" it's just plain old "marijuana."