Your endocannabinoid system is key.
Liver disease occurs when the liver experiences a high amount of tissue scarring. This is typically a direct result of constant inflammation and the death of vital cells. This disease inflicts more than 400,000 people each year and is ranked among the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.
However, for a disease with such an ugly outcome, a pretty solution may be in the near future.
In 2005 researchers at the Hebrew University Medical School concluded that our body’s own internal cannabinoid system (the endocannabinoid system) has receptors that bind with cannabis’ most active ingredient, THC. This very system regulates not only the nervous system, but the immune system as well.
Therefore, researchers concluded that cannabis may possibly be able to help people suffering from certain forms of liver disease because of our preexisting cannabinoid system.
While this study showed a possible connection between liver disease and cannabinoids, more research was needed.