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.