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Oral Cannabidiol Treatment in Two Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia: A Case Series

Justyna Kulpa 1, Amy Harrison 1, Lance Rudolph 2, Graham M L Eglit 1, Cynthia Turcotte 1, Marcel O Bonn-Miller 1, Erica N Peters 1

  • 1Canopy Growth Corporation, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2New Mexico Clinical Research and Osteoporosis Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


Introduction: Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonintoxicating cannabinoid, may be involved in bone remodeling, but human studies are limited. In this case series, we explored the effects of oral CBD administration on bone turnover. Materials and Methods: Two postmenopausal women with osteopenia (T-score=-1 to -2.5) were randomized to receive 100 or 300 mg CBD daily (oral, bis in die [twice per day]) for 12 weeks. Serum markers of bone resorption (carboxyl-terminal collagen crosslinks [CTx]) and bone formation (procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide [P1NP], bone-specific alkaline phosphatase [BSAP], and osteocalcin [OC]); safety measures; plasma concentrations of CBD and metabolites; sleep disturbance; symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress; and quality of life, were assessed. Results: CBD was well tolerated, with no clinically significant change in vital signs, hematology, chemistry, or urinalysis, and no adverse events reported. Reductions (% change vs. baseline) in CTx (-8.5%, -28.1%), P1NP (-9.9%, -39.5%), BSAP (-12.7%, -74.8%), and OC (-16.0%, -6.7%) were observed after 12 weeks of oral administration of 100 or 300 mg CBD daily, respectively. The two participants self-reported consuming 95.3% and 98.8% of CBD doses, respectively. CBD and select metabolites were measurable in plasma after 4 and 12 weeks of CBD treatment. No notable changes in sleep disturbance, depression, anxiety, stress, or quality of life were observed. Conclusions: CBD was well tolerated after 12 weeks of twice-daily oral administration and was associated with reduction in measured markers of bone turnover. Compliance with CBD treatment was good. Large-scale randomized clinical trials into the bone protective effects of CBD in postmenopausal women are warranted.