CBD has gained popularity in the treatment of medical conditions including that affecting the liver. Here are some of the ways in which CBD promotes the health of the liver.
CBD May Have A Therapeutic Effect On Viral Hepatitis
Hepatitis is characterized by severe inflammation of the liver. The infectious disease, viral hepatitis is caused by different types of viruses.
Hepatitis A, B and C cause many deaths every year. The condition could eventually lead to liver cirrhosis or cancer. Hepatitis C has no vaccine as of now, and hence it lacks adequate preventive measures.
A study published in the journal Pharmacognosy Research evaluated the effects of CBD on hepatitis B and C viruses. The study also reported that CBD could be useful in treating autoimmune hepatitis because the compound has an impact on CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system.
CBD Helps Prevent The Fatalities Caused By Ischemia
Ischemia/reperfusion surgery is a possible injury during liver surgeries and transplants. Most of the deaths associated with transplants and graft rejections are due to ischemia. The injury is characterized by a large number of neutrophils that are directed towards the liver. On arrival of the neutrophils, the kupffer cells and leukocytes in the liver are activated, leading to inflammation. Oxidative stress is also relevant in the condition.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of CBD attenuate the inflammatory response and prevent ischemia.
CBD Could Be Instrumental In The Treatment Of Hepatic Encephalopathy
Damage or failure of the liver leading to change in consciousness is characteristic of hepatic encephalopathy. The condition is caused by the buildup of harmful substances in the liver that are normally removed by it.
Symptoms of the condition include altered personality, movement disorders, confusions etc. In advanced stages, it may even lead to coma.
The most common cause of hepatic encephalopathy is cirrhosis. A large percentage of patients with cirrhosis eventually develop hepatic encephalopathy.
Inflammation is evident in the pathogenesis of the condition. The neuroprotective properties of CBD contribute to reducing neuroinflammation. Studies have suggested that CBD can be instrumental in treating hepatic encephalopathy because it is an agonist of 5-HT1A receptors.
Liver is responsible for removing the toxins in the blood. Hepatic encephalopathy results from the inability of the liver to remove ammonia from the blood. As CBD has the ability to restore liver function, administering it reduces the levels of ammonia in the blood.
CBD can also normalize the level of liver enzymes. Recent studies have also suggested that CBD is effective in protecting you against alcohol-induced liver injury.