Osteoporosis described as 'silent thief'

It’s described as a ‘silent thief’ that steals your independence, mobility and quality of life.

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, leading to an increased risk of fractured bones. With osteoporosis, deterioration can occur over years without symptoms. It’s not until you suffer a fracture in your hip, spine, wrist or shoulder that it’s discovered –when the disease is fairly advanced.

According to Osteoporosis Canada, approximately two million Canadians suffer from the disease, many of whom are over the age of 50. No single cause of osteoporosis has been identified, nor has a cure. Prevention or reduction in bone loss are the best options to prevent fractures, while a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D helps promote healthy bones.

Research is beginning to look at what role receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system play in regulating bone density. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh showed activation of the CB1 receptor is key to development of osteoporosis. In this study, researchers gave mice compounds similar to cannabis to activate the CB1 receptor, which resulted in decreased bone loss in older mice.

You can read more about clinic research into osteoporosis and cannabis at these links:

Cannabinoids and the skeleton: from marijuana to reversal of bone loss

Cannabidiol, a major non-psychotropic cannabis constituent enhances fracture healing and stimulates lysyl hydroxylase activity in osteoblasts