Cannabis can reduce liver damage caused by alcohol – study

Cannabis can reduce liver damage caused by alcohol – study
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Could cannabis help mitigate some of the liver damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption? A recent study suggests so.   Cannabis is often touted as a less harmful alternative to alcohol. However, a new study has found that the compounds found in the plant may actually reduce some of the liver damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption. According to the findings, cannabinoids were shown to reduce toxicity in the liver caused by ethanol – the chemical compound found in alcohol.  The outcomes have led those behind the  study to conclude that they could even be a potential treatment for impaired liver function, also known as hepatotoxicity. For the study, researchers investigated the protective effects of cannabinoids against ethanol (EtOH)-induced liver toxicity in rats. The animals were divided into seven groups, all of which were treated with different combinations of ethanol and cannabinoids.  READ MORE: Cannabis no more of a risk than tobacco and alcohol – study An analysis revealed that the groups which were treated with higher doses of cannabinoids demonstrated a reduction in inflammation in comparison to the animals treated only with ethanol. The authors note that levels of COX-2, CD-14, and MIP-2 inflammation markers showed a ‘remarkable decrease’ in the groups treated with cannabinoids, compared to control groups. Further analysis showed that the cannabinoids acted as inhibitors to the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways, which are involved in cellular responses to stimuli, such as mitogens, osmotic stress and proinflammatory cytokines. The study concludes: “Our findings suggest that CB [cannabinoids] is a potential candidate for the treatment of alcohol-induced hepatotoxicity.” Previous research  Previous studies have investigated the potential of cannabinoids, particularly CBD as a therapeutic treatment for alcohol use disorder and alcohol-induced damage to the liver and brain. One study from 2019 found that CBD not only reduced drinking in those…

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