Hepatitis is a disease in which the liver is inflamed. Hepatitis has several variations, but is often caused by a virus. One in twenty people will acquire a form of hepatitis in their life time .
By now, the anti-inflammatory effect of CBD is well established (also see the section “inflammation”). The beneficial effects of CBD on hepatitis have also been investigated in a study by Hedge and co-workers . In this study, mice with hepatitis received a dose of CBD, after which the development of the inflammation was studied. It was found that CBD decreased the inflammation. CBD appears to do this by activating the vanniloid receptor (see “How does CBD work?”). This may cause certain cells (called MDSC’s) to become active. MDSC’s have an inhibitory effect on inflammation and hepatitis.
Advice for using cannabinoids against hepatitis
The research on the effect of CBD on hepatitis is still limited. It is however well known that CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect. CBD therefore is a good choice for preventing diseases in which inflammation plays a role. Click here to read more about safe use of cannabinoids.
- Hegde, V.L., Nagarkatti, P.S., Nagarkatti, M. (2011). Role of myeloid- derived suppressor cells in amelioration of experimental autoimmune hepatitis following activation of TRPV1 receptors by cannabidiol. PLoS One, 1;6(4):e18281. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018281.