MMJ for Liver Disorders

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Many disorders and diseases affect the liver, causing symptoms of swelling and pain in the abdomen, yellowish skin and eyes, itchy skin, dark urine, pale stool, chronic fatigue, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite and a tendency to bruise easily. Diseases that are categorized as liver disorders include hepatitis, cirrhosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, haemochromatosis, wilson's disease, cancer of the liver, primary schlerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, and budd-chiari syndrome. Because cannabis, especially its cannabinoid CBD, promotes liver health and protects the liver from damage, it could be a vital component in the treatment and prevention of liver disorders. 

Studies show that CBD helps and induces the death of hepatic stellate cells that build up and scar the liver, making it a treatment option for cirrhosis. In addition, CBD limits the damage caused by cirrhosis by reducing the force of inflammatory pathways and oxidative tissue injury. CBD also promotes liver health and has properties that protect the liver by preventing oxidative stress and autophagy from alcohol. Cannabinoids inhibit CYP1A enzymatic activity, thereby reducing the livers risk of toxicity and cancer. Animal studies found CBD restored liver function in mice who had experienced liver failure. There's nothing new about CBD's anti-inflammatory properties, but in one study cannabinoids reduced inflammation of a damaged liver, suggesting CBD could effectively treat hepatitis. In addition, cannabinoids appeared to have immunosuppresive and profibrogenic effects in patients with hepatitis C. By selectively activating the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, cannabis is beneficial for alcoholic fatty liver, hepatic inflammation, liver injury, regeneration, and fibrosis, and other liver diseases. While cannabis is effective at targeting liver disorders, let's not forget that it can also help treat the symptoms associated with liver diseases and their treatments.

To learn more about specific liver disorders and how medical marijuana can help, read the full post on Medical Marijuana Inc. This information has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.