does cbd help the liver

Does cbd help the liver

However, there have been reports of some liver toxicity with CBD use, so let’s look at the evidence.

CBD Concerns

Cirrhosis is the final stage of liver disease, which can ultimately prove fatal. Interestingly, various studies have found a link between marijuana and the restoration of liver function. While these studies have been primarily on mice, we would have a promising cirrhosis treatment option available if the results translate to humans.

CBD Interactions with Prescription Medications

Take the time to do some quality research, spend plenty of time reading, and make a genuine effort to inform yourself about quality, safety, etc. Well-established brands will offer complete transparency from lab reports to information about their team and origin. Simply put, your overall experience with CBD will hinge upon the quality of extract you choose.

Dr. Grinspoon concurs.

“The breathless reporting in Forbes focuses on a single, flawed, preclinical study and exaggerates it to the point of falsehood. Yet if there’s a saving grace of the Forbes article, it’s that it gets much less wrong than the study itself,” says Devitt-Lee. ( The study is freely available from Molecules , a journal published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. (MDPI))

According to Devitt-Lee this sensational claim was based on a dubious study of CBD and liver toxicity conducted by researchers (Ewing et al) at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock – except the damage discussed in the study was unrelated to alcohol toxicity and “our livers” actually refers to the livers of mice.

Of Mice and Men

However, merely six rodents received this dose. “One doesn’t need an advanced degree in science or math to recognize that something is amiss. Seventy-five percent of six equals 4.5,” he sniffs.

Nevertheless, according to Mike Adams’ Forbes article “People that use CBD are at an elevated risk for liver toxicity.” And “[CBD] may actually be just as harmful to their livers” as “conventional pain relievers, like acetaminophen.”

Adrian Devitt-Lee, is the young genius behind the think tank Project CBD. He is reputed to be formidably knowledgeable regarding CBD. Here, Devitt-Lee along with renowned doctor, Peter Grinspoon, weigh in to clarify if cannabidiol really killed four-and-a-half mice in a hotly debated study and will subsequently cause liver damage.

According to the Little Rock researchers, four-and-a-half mice died from CBD, while somehow one-and-half mice survived.

A recent article by Mike Adams for Forbes, asserts that CBD “could be damaging our livers in the same way as alcohol and other drugs.” This and other conclusions drawn by Adams caused the Henny Pennies of Twitter to insist the sky was falling. (Forbes‘ format does not allow readers to comment, so many took to Twitter to vent their anger.)