Can Cannabis help with Bone health?

Most of us don’t think about our skeletal system, and we’re usually more focused on muscles, or beefing up cardio. But bone health is vital, and one might wonder if it can help with bone health, and how this is done. Read on to find out. 

Why care about bone health 

Bones are pretty much what gives our body the scaffolding that we absolutely need, and it pretty much is what holds up our entire body overall, and it can be the main part that attaches muscle fibers and joints all over. We need this for our survival, and it’s pretty much the protection for our vital organs from blunt trauma. The rib cage for example, protects the lungs and heart. 

There are a few ways to improve the bone health of the body. Obviously, eating enough protein and calcium is really important. But one should also take a look at resistance training. Every time a person lifts weights, the body is signaled that it needs to maintain and increase the bone density to deal with the physical stress that it’s given, and it is also how the bones adapt to any sorts of trauma and demands that are thrown on them. Vitamin D is also a big part of this, and for most of us, we get enough vitamin D. but there are others which don’t, and that can pose problems the musculoskeletal system. 

What about Cannabis? 

Cannabis is something some people may wonder could help with this, and many times, people think that it could be a good way to help with this. Right now, there isn’t a ton of research on this, and usually, joint issues happen over time, due to wear and tear, or changes in hormones, and usually, cannabis is used as a potential means of a solution. There is some studies which found that both the CB1 and CB2 receptors do actually have a potential for also transmitting to vanilloid 1, another receptor for bone health. 

The osteoblasts and osteoclasts which help with bone mass, are expressed at these receptor sites, and some researchers have found these cannabinoids across this as well. The receptors bond to these places, changing the activity, and it can theoretically bind to the receptors that help with remodeling the bones of the body.

CB2 is the one that people want to go for if they want to increase the laying down of new bone, while CB1 and TRPV1 offer the osteoclast activity to break down the bone tissue. The CB2 agonists are usually a part of this possibly, and may help with bone remodeling, and there have been some changes to finally help with bone density 

Some studies have found that medical cannabis can be used to help increase these areas, creating more positive outcomes in those who have osteoporosis, and usually, it works well as well if beta-caryophyllene binds to this, improving the osteoblast activity, and also playing a role in the remineralization of the bone as well. 

It also may help with rheumatoid arthritis, which is something that happens when the immune system thinks there’s an invader, attacking the joints resulting in the erosion of bone and the deformity of joints. The ECS, when supplied with cannabis, can help with preventing the inflammation from getting worse, and also reducing the destruction of cartilage. For the most part, patients that have this have higher CB2 levels in the cells of the FLS. Overall, there is some promise that this can help, but more studies must be done before there’s a full confirmation too. 

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