CBD May Prevent Liver Damage From Alcohol
It‘s old news that alcohol is more harmful than cannabis; but recent finding suggest that cannabis goes one step further, helping to prevent alcohol induced liver damage.
Research teams from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have discovered that the cannabinoid CBD can be used to help prevent liver damage induced by alcohol. The consumption of alcohol causes steatosis, a process in which there is an abnormal retention of lipids within a cell, displacing the cell’s cytoplasm. As a consequence, huge build-ups of harmful fats can occur in the liver, leading to more serious problems such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. CBD has been found to be a shield against alcohol induced steatosis, protecting the liver from its progression and the damage it causes.
The study was conducted by injecting ethanol into mice twice a day for 5 days in order to replicate the impact of human binge drinking on the liver. The mice had been given CBD beforehand. The results showed that the CBD apparently stopped any steatosis or other signs of liver damage taking place.
A bright future for CBD treatments
The scientists put this effect down to the various characteristics of cannabidiol, including its ability to act as an anti-oxidant, as well as its ability to stimulate process involved in the breakdown of fat. They researcher even go as far as to say that these properties could be used to slow down, and even halt the progression of type 1 diabetes, arthritis and a plethora of other ailments.
Based on these findings, scientists hope to produce a drug that can be used as a preventative measure to alcohol induced steatosis, and even undo done damage. In the meantime, we‘ll just have a joint.