Many scientists have done research on the effects of CBD oil consumption on humans. Since these studies are very small in number when compared to similar clinical studies conducted on other drugs, people are not certain about the effect CBD has on their organs like the liver. A lot of confusion has arisen recently concerning CBD liver health which will be discussed in this article. But before that, let us examine the history of CBD oil.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a product of the hemp plant which comes from the same family of marijuana. It is one among the many cannabinoids present in the hemp. It is said the plant contains over 100 cannabinoids among which CBD is found in high concentration. A specialty of hemp is that it does not have much THC, the compound in cannabis which gets people stoned. Unlike THC, CBD is legal in many places as it does not get anyone “high” or addicted.
CBD oil is a widely used CBD product. It is a mixture of CBD extract and a carrier oil like MCT, olive or coconut oil. The CBD extract can be full spectrum, isolate or broad spectrum. The main difference between the three spectrums of CBD is the concentration of CBD in it. Full spectrum CBD extract will not only have CBD but also other cannabinoids, terpenes and other organic compounds. On the other hand, isolate CBD is pure CBD. Broad spectrum CBD is a mixture of both and contains all organic compounds other than THC. As the CBD extract used varies, so does the CBD oil.
Is It Dangerous To Have CBD Oil?
Many countries use CBD oil as medicine. It is widely used as an additive in many products including e-cigarettes (vape oil), lotions, and various herbal supplements. Moreover, CBD oil has been recommended by many doctors to relieve symptoms of different conditions like epilepsy, anxiety, and multiple sclerosis.
But, certain studies conducted in the US and European countries have pointed out that CBD can badly affect the function of the liver, because of which they strongly recommend using CBD oil only after a doctor has prescribed it (especially for children below the age of 10 and senior citizens who have already suffered from some kind of liver related issues). On the other hand, some research suggests using CBD oil for improving liver function.
Liver toxicity caused by CBD was mainly observed to happen when the drug was given in high doses. According to a study conducted on mice, signs of liver toxicity were clear when the rodents were given a CBD dose equivalent to 200 milligrams in humans. It was also observed that repeated intake of small doses equivalent to 50 milligrams in humans caused swelling and damage of the liver.
This finding makes consulting a doctor for advice related to CBD dosage all the more important.
CBD Dosage For Liver Disease
It was suggested that patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) should control the use of medications to avoid stressing the liver. If so, how should liver patients use CBD?
Studies have revealed that the use of CBD oil in medicines like Epidiolex, can be metabolized by the liver which makes CBD consumption safe. Even though CBD is not a threat, liver patients should strictly adhere to the dosage of CBD oil advised by the doctor. Sometimes, the dosage written on the package can mislead people and cause trouble, especially in the case of OTC supplements and e-cigarettes.
Healthy individuals should also take CBD only after consulting a doctor. Also, keep in mind to start having CBD in low doses to ensure that the body does not react badly to the drug.
Should You Take CBD?
You might have panicked reading all this. But, do not worry, experts have explained a different side of the story.
The usual amount of CBD prescribed by doctors and present in CBD products will range between 0.5 mg/kg/day to 20mg/kg/day. As you can see, this is way below the problematic concentration. Moreover, we consume ibuprofen and similar medicines even after knowing that these medicines can have detrimental results when had in high concentration. From this, we can conclude that CBD is similar to other medicinal drugs.
However, we cannot consume all CBD products as we like. It was found that not all CBD manufacturers stick to the quality demanded and different products can have varying amounts of CBD. Therefore, it is a must that you check the label of the product for the CBD dosage. Due to the lack of stringent laws concerning CBD, many products do not have the needed amount of CBD or contain more than the permitted amount of THC.
We can conclude that CBD at high doses can be problematic. Therefore you should have CBD from trusted brands after taking into consideration your health and the dosage of the product.