by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
According to a review by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, Cannabis (or Marijuana) is produced in nearly every country worldwide, and is the most widely produced illicit drug.
However, this does not affect the prevalence of the drug use. As a result, an increase in its growers, users and consumers is happening on a worldwide scale. The supply chain for marijuana continues to increase.
In countries like Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel and Spain, marijuana is legal on the basis that it is for medical use. In Papua New Guinea, the practice is illegal and those found or caught in the act, are dealt with by the law.
With proven studies that a component of the plant, cannabidiol, is effective for medical use, a study was conducted by researchers at Tev Aviv University to see its effectiveness on broken bones. The test was conducted on two groups of rats with broken bones, using the components tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, and the non-psychotic cannabidiol or CBD.
The study results have discovered that non-psychotropic cannabidiol, or CBD, sped up the healing process.
According to Dr Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory “the healed bone will be harder to break in the future. He further added: “we found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing.”
The results now pave the way for more research, study and testing trials on human fractures to assess CBD’s usefulness and effectiveness before it can be fully used in treating human bone fracture.