Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, discovered
that cannibis, specifically the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1), can
activate a molecule in the body that affects bone growth and deterioration.
The researchers injected CB1-like compounds into young mice The
compounds actually increased the rate at which new bone tissue was
destroyed, virtually stunting bone growth.
But when the same CB1 compound was injected into middle-aged mice, its impact was quite different. In fact, it decreased bone loss and prevented the build-up of fat in the bone that normally results in osteoporosis.
So, what's good for us older folks, actually is not so good for the young. Don't reach for the joint or brownie quite yet, though, babes and dudes....
Stuart Ralston, the Arthritis Research Campaign Professor of
Rheumatology at the University of Edinburgh, who led the study, said:
"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
via Science Daily
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