A key ingredient in marijuana was discovered to quicken the healing process of broken bones and even make them more robust.
Cannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound responsible for much of marijuana's medicinal capabilities.
On the other hand, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), while proven to have some medicinal purposes, is the compound primarily responsible for its psychotropic impact on the brain.
According to UPI, researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University tested whether or not both compounds could make bones heal faster in rats with broken femurs.
The study was based on previous evidence that found cannabinoid receptors naturally produced by the human body can act as catalysts for bone formation.
After eight weeks of administering CBD and THC to the rats, the team found the rodents' bones repaired significantly faster.
The researchers also achieved similar results when the rats were given just CBD.
Dr. Yankel Gabet of the Bone Research Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University said in a press release,
We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue. After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.
This research was originally published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Additionally, CBD and THC were proven to help eliminate brain tumors, and marijuana was found to be a successful treatment for crippling seizures, like those suffered by New York's Oliver Miller.
In the video below, you can see Oliver Miller and his mother explain another incredible way the drug works medicinally.