Patients Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and NASH
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Posted on 5/9/19 2:29 AM
I know thought this had any correlation, but I was doing some research today on my condition and came across a study that showed that cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Here is the study for anyone wants to read: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0176416
Does anyone have any knowledge of this? Or experience with cannabis and its effect on NAFLD?
Beginning of the discussion - 5/22/19Anyone use cannabis to treat NAFLD? https://www.carenity.us/forum/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nash/treatments-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/anyone-use-cannabis-to-treat-nafld-960
Posted on 5/22/19 1:23 AM
very interesting and thank you for sharing. The research says that cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of NAFLD given its suppressive effect against obesity and diabetes in humans.
That is interesting. How is Cannabis suppresive against obesity? Doesn't it increase appetite?
Posted on 5/24/19 1:56 AM
Good point. I always thought the same thing. I have not used cannabis so can't speak from a personal experience.
Here is another link with promising information as to how cannabis can help NAFLD: https://www.green-flower.com/articles/485/why-cannabis-is-life-changing-for-liver-disease
"In 2005, researchers from Hebrew University Medical School found that endocannabinoids help modulate inflammatory responses along with vascular changes. The study revealed endocannabinoids are crucial to neurological functioning and beneficial for people suffering from liver diseases such as cirrhosis and fibrosis."
"A 2011 study published in Cell Death and Disease revealed CBD (one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis) plays a crucial role in the treatment of liver disease. Over the course of an 8-month period, mice were fed increasing concentrations of different cannabinoids. Astonishingly, the researchers found that CBD induced apoptosis in HSCs, or hepatic stellate cells. HCSs are responsible for the development of scar tissue in the liver. In other words, CBD killed harmful cells that lead to the progression of liver disease."
Posted on 5/24/19 1:57 AM
Even if I startd using cannabis, how could I tell if it was working? would the doctor be able to tell from tests and examinations?
Posted on 5/25/19 10:25 PM
Thank you for sharing. I do not know but yes maybe they would do blood tests??
Posted on 5/28/19 4:25 AM
This is very interesting. However, when I get my liver count done it always comes back good. How can an ultra sound and blood work come back so differently?
Posted on 6/3/19 6:50 PM
My Gastrologist told me that the damage is done over a long period of time. I am not sure how cannabis could reverse this but possibly prevent more from happening. I believe the only way they would be able to tell is doing the GI scope and looking directly into your liver. My Dr, told me that if I did not lose weight over the next 3 months he will be doing this and seeing how much damage is done and doing a biopsy at the same time. Not sure if this answers the question or not.