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Cannabinoid receptor blockers prevent bone loss in osteoporosis

Researchers of the University of Aberdeen, UK, demonstrated that blockers of cannabinoid receptors prevent bone loss and may be useful in the treatment of osteoporosis.

Dr. Stuart Ralston, who led the research assumes that on the other hand cannabinoids may have a negative effect. "We hadn’t studied cannabis users, but the work we’ve done would suggest that if you use a lot of cannabis it could stimulate bone-absorbing cells, and that would be bad," he said. However, there are no clinical data available that would support his hypothesis.


(Sources: The Independent of 23 May 2005; Idris AI, et al. Nat Med. 2005 May 22; [electronic publication ahead of print])

published Friday 3 June 2005 09:35