Marijuana May Prevent Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

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Researchers from the North Shore Medical Center in Massachusetts have determined marijuana’s anti-inflammatory properties may be able to reduce the harmful effects caused by alcohol use and addiction. Chronic and significant use of alcohol causes inflammation to the liver, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. The study involved 319,000 patients with a history alcohol abuse, and divided the group into a group that doesn’t use cannabis, a ground that doesn’t depend on cannabis, and a group of those who are dependent cannabis users. They then looked at the association between cannabis use and the different phases of liver disease, which are alcoholic fatty liver disease (AS), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (AH), cirrhosis (AC), and liver cancer (HCC). They found cannabis users were at a significantly reduced risk of developing these stages of liver disease. They also found dependent cannabis users had the lowest risk of developing the condition. Researchers concluded cannabis’ anti-inflammatory properties protects the liver from damaged caused by alcohol.

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