Let’s make one thing clear, alcohol is not good for your body or your liver and is recommended to be consumed in moderation. In fact, there is a growing problem around younger Americans, for which alcohol is responsible for a growing number of liver disease cases.
A person’s risk of liver disease rises after 10 years of heavy drinking. Liver disease is expected to become the leading cause of premature death by 2020.
The course of cirrhosis of the liver causes loss of muscle mass, scrotal swelling, and breathing difficulties. Patients require a transplant and many places have quite the extensive waiting list for liver transplants. For this reason, many patients die from cirrhosis of the liver.
If a person with liver disease stops drinking, there is a chance that the liver can begin to repair itself.
Cannabis is becoming more popular across North America and more companies are using it for their products. One example of this is THC-infused beverages, which are marketed as a healthy alternative to smoking cannabis.
A Canadian company is the first to produce a non-alcoholic beer made entirely from the cannabis plant. The beer is brewed from the stalks, stems, and roots of the cannabis plant.
Other brewery companies are also working on infusing beer with cannabis, which means you will probably see many more options like this in the future.
Cannabis so far has been shown to not harm the liver or any other major organ, and there is preliminary evidence to suggest that cannabis may even protect the liver from disease.
A study recently published on cannabis and its effects on liver disease concluded, “Among alcohol users, individuals who additionally use cannabis (dependent and non‐dependent cannabis use) showed significantly lower odds of developing alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), fibrosis, cirrhosis (AC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).”
In the meantime, you should always moderate your consumption of alcohol to reduce your risk of liver disease along with adhering to a healthy lifestyle to support a healthy liver and body overall.
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