A new study found a compound in marijuana may protect alcohol drinkers from liver disease.
The compound cannabidiol (CBD) works to fight the build-up of fat caused by alcohol, also known as fatty liver disease.
Published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the study came to its conclusion by injecting mice with ethanol twice a day for five days to replicate the impact of binge drinking on the liver. Mice in the test group were given CBD prior to ethanol.
As media reports suggest, “the results confirmed that CBD could prevent fat accumulation and other signs of liver injury. Molecular analysis pointed to multiple factors, including CBD’s anti-oxidant properties and its ability to stimulate pathways involved with fat breakdown.”
Study authors add that CBD can work as both an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, and has been suggested to block the progression of arthritis and type 1 diabetes, among other ailments.
The study was as conducted by researchers at the School of Public Health at Sun Yat-sen University in China, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and the State Key Laboratory of Oncology at the Sun Yatsen University Cancer Center in China.