Err Berber! How’s Yer’ Liver?

Translated: Hey baby! How’s your liver?

It’s a humorous form of greeting I used as a teen and while I was in the service.  What does that have to do with medicinal cannabis? Well, I’ll tell ya’.

The British Journal of Pharmacology recently released a study on treating hepatic encephalopathy with cannabidiol. Hepatic encephalopathy? When the liver gets whacked the blood supply to the brain gets whacked. That in turn damages the brain causing confusion and “stuff.” Yeah, the liver’s connected to the brain; would’a thunk?

The researchers damaged the livers in mice. They then monitored their neurological and motor functions. Once they were satisfied the mice were FUBAR’ed they administered cannabidiol.  Here, I’ll copy the conclusions and offer a link to the study synopsis:

Conclusions and implications: Cannabidiol restores liver function, normalizes 5‐HT levels and improves brain pathology in accordance with normalization of brain function. Therefore, the effects of cannabidiol may result from a combination of its actions in the liver and brain.

Livers and Brains

Pretty cool, huh? Man, I’m tellin’ ya’, this cannabinoid research is going to prove to be a boon to pharmacology, and we’ve only just begun serious studies. The majority of the work has been with THC and CBD. There’s a host of other phytocannabinoids with possibilities. It’s near boggling.

And, in my opinion, the genie is out of the bottle. Politics is science’s worst enemy. This elephant just keeps growing and growing though. It’s even beginning to trumpet (What? I’m feeling a little cliché this morning, okay?). The politicians had better get with the program or they’re going to find themselves explaining to us why they would want to see their fellow human beings needlessly suffer and even die. I don’t think that would be much of a vote-getter. 

And, to get off-track just a tad:

Down in California, cannabis breeders are now reversing a trend of many years. The effort previously was to breed out the CBDs so that there was a stronger THC effect. Folks have always been looking for that Holy Grail, the “one hit wonder.” Now they are breeding for CBD content. The science has affected the medicinal market.

Folks suffering from chronic pain and spasm get better relief with high CBD content cannabis. I hear they’re having a hard time keeping product on the shelves and new crossbred high CBD plants are popping up at a brisk pace.

…cool stuff, man. Very cool. Cannabis is medicine.

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