The human body is a wonderful creation. It is as complex as it is as simple. It is capable of doing the most impossible of things like childbirth and can process more complex emotions but also fragile enough to feel the pain even that of a needle stick. There are plenty more complexities human beings have but as a species, we manage to overcome the odds and live a normal life as much as we can. Perhaps the reason for this is that the human body is designed to be 100% efficient and independent, meaning it can do multiple functions all at once as well as protect the body from pathogens and infections all on its own without outside help (if it can be helped).
You feed your body to survive. You also rest to help you get going no matter how hard your days and nights are. And just like that, the body is also equipped with organs that enable to clear up all the toxins that have accumulated in your body. It is the liver’s job to do that internal cleanup along with the kidneys. But today, let’s talk about the liver and what happens when the liver is no longer fully functioning. How does it protect this organ so that it can continue doing its job of ensuring the body is clean and able to take care of itself all the time?
Aside from metabolizing drugs and clearing the body of toxins and other waste products, the liver also has other tasks such as to regulate protein production and blood clotting among many others. It is likewise the largest solid human organ that can also be considered as a gland since it is involved in bile secretion. The intake of too many drugs can also harm the wellbeing of the kidney. While it is necessary at times to take medications, constant use of stronger ones are particularly harmful to the human body. An example of this drug is acetaminophen that is a common over-the-counter medicine taken by millions around the world for common body aches and pains. There are also other reasons why the liver gets damaged over time and here are some of the factors involved:
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Epstein Barr Virus (Infectious Mononucleosis)
- Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E
- Excessive Iron in the system (hemochromatosis)
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
People with a damaged liver may suffer from the following the following signs and symptoms.
- Jaundice or the yellow discoloration of the skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weakness and fatigue
- Weight loss
When the functions of the liver are hampered, it can lead to liver disease otherwise known as hepatic disease. It is an umbrella term for any disruption in the liver’s functions and one can be diagnosed with this condition if at least ¾ or 75% of the liver is no longer functioning properly. It has been mentioned about the liver’s involvement in the production of bile, which is actually instrumental in the digestion process as a whole. Not only that, but the liver is the only organ capable of replacing cells that are already damaged. Unfortunately, the liver can no longer do this function if it does not have enough healthy and functioning liver cells to do the job. Liver cirrhosis is an example of a liver disease that affects millions of people (especially men) throughout the world. Depending on how severe it is, it also has an effect as to whether the kidney can regenerate and heal itself or not.
Cannabidiol a.k.a. CBD
CBD is one of the many active components of the cannabis plant that is growing in popularity over the past decade because of its significance in promoting and improving health as well as treat and manage different health conditions. It is the non-psychoactive component that is not addicting too, unlike THC which was the most popular component in the distant past that tarnished marijuana’s reputation since it was closely associated with junkies and hippies back then. There are plenty of anecdotal proofs regarding the medical prowess of CBD and the list keeps on growing as more and more people continue to see the positive aspects of CBD that were ignored for the longest time.
CBD works by interacting with the CBC1 and 2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that in turn triggers certain responses. Unknown to many, the ECS is not actually active among healthy individuals with healthy livers. It becomes hyperactive once there is something wrong with the liver like in the case of cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, or even heart problems. This reaction is actually helpful since the activation of the endocannabinoid system helps reduce and treat cell damage before it worsens.
It is good news to many people since we’ll definitely continue seeing a rise in patients diagnosed with liver disease because of our unhealthy modern lifestyle. Chronic alcoholism is a growing health threat and so is the consumption of artificial foods and drinks and excessive use of medications (both prescription and over-the-counter). It can even lead to liver cancer when not treated promptly especially among vulnerable individuals. There is an animal study showing that CBD improved the functions of the brain and the liver in subjects already suffering from induced hepatic failure.
The use of CBD oil can help at least 30 million Americans who are presently diagnosed with a liver disease. Other studies also support the use of CBD oil for liver disease like the 2005 study conducted at the Hebrew University Medical School that reveals CBD helps in the modulation of inflammatory responses. The researchers also found out that CBD improves brain functions, whether you have acute or chronic liver disease. Moreover, Cell Death and Disease published a study in 2008 revealing that CBD is important to liver disease treatment. CBD was able to kill the cell responsible for the progression of liver disease and the results are positive enough to encourage other experts in the field to conduct their own studies to find out how else CBD can help those who find themselves with a deteriorating liver that not only fails to do its function but compromises your overall health for the worse.
We still need more extensive studies done on CBD to know exactly how it helps with liver disease to encourage more doctors to include CBD oil in their treatment plan for liver disease because it works and it can help them recover quicker and give them a chance at wellness once more that conventional treatment won’t be able to give them.