CBD has been able to gradually shed its stigma, and much of this is credited to the plethora of effects that CBD is able to bring forward to its user. With the de-stigmatization and subsequent legalisation of CBD, the reputation of the plant has been restored. However, there are bogus and inept reporting that has skewed the world view of CBD yet again, and further pushes us away from reaching the ultimate goal of decoding this lifesaving medication.
The new line of unchecked science is that of CBD’s effect on liver health. Is there science that links the two, or is this narrative nothing but a castle built on air? Let us find out. Read on…
The active compound that is found in hemp and cannabis plants holds a vast treasure chest of therapeutic benefits. CBD or cannabidiol provides its benefits in a holistic manner, and rather than alleviating only a few symptoms, it does well in banishing a whole bunch of them and boosts your general well-being.
CBD is able to provide all of these benefits without the risk of reducing your work efficiency, and instead keeps you sharp and focused through the day. You will neither feel drowsy nor lethargic, which is the case even when you take most cough syrups available on the market. CBD is neither addictive, meaning the risk of substance abuse is entirely non-existent.
The side effects profile is also praise-worthy as even the World Health Organisation, went on record to praise CBD. All in all, CBD safety comes as a top priority and continues to be so. To tarnish the otherwise perfect record is links tying CBD and liver health; or more so, how CBD affects liver health.
The Inner Workings Of CBD
CBD works by interacting with key receptors in the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS has its fingers in many pies and is involved with regulating and fine-tuning the interaction between various bodily systems ranging from cardiovascular, endocrine, central nervous, immune system and many others. Even functions like the circadian cycle (sleep cycle), mood and appetite are all driven by the ECS.
The CBD binds with two prominent receptors on the ECS which are the CB1 and the CB2. The binding causes a slowdown in a particular enzyme (cytochrome P450) that in turn slows down the metabolism and the subsequent breakdown of nutrients and medication in the system. This trend has been noted and studied, but usually in the case of mixing medication or when dealing with CBD doses that are beyond the norm. But one particular study that has pandered to a sizable audience is of concern- concern over from how blind, inaccurate and wrong the studies are.
The Supposed “Scientific” Study
A recent study by the University of Arkansas conducted a study of CBD in lab mice. The study involved the mice ingesting 0.25% of their own body weight in CBD- which on its own is an ungodly amount of CBD that no real-world consumer will imagine to take. The scientists force-fed a supposed “low” dosage of 246 mg/kg and a high dose of 2460 mg/kg of CBD; which equates to 2.5 grams of CBD being ingested for every kg of body weight. To put things into perspective, the maximum human dosage is 20mg/kg which is more than 100 times what the researcher force-fed the mice.
Despite these laugh-worthy doses and ridiculous claims, in the name of science, they insist that this would accurately represent the human experience. We don’t even know where to begin pointing out the wrongs.
The search for a “lethal dose” of CBD and cannabinoids is not new and has been the trend, especially by big pharma funded research studies and lab which are trying to smudge CBD’s name. At this point, all we can say is-let us know when you do find dirt backed by credible science, on CBD.
The Long Drawn Game
CBD has an amazing profile that has been backed by studies. There is no denying that the chances for CBD affecting the liver negatively, may exist, but unless there are numbers and facts backing it, the claims are empty shells that have the same worth of trash. There is a need to ramp up research and there is a lot about CBD that we still don’t know about. It is only after we venture forward in the name of science that we can go about uncovering the potential that this miracle drug has; its drawbacks and how we can overcome them.
The journey for CBD up to this point has been riddled with challenges, and there is no denying that the challenges will keep coming. Let us wait till more studies are conducted on CBD that can clearly uncover the truth.