Smoking marijuana during cocktail hour could prevent hard drinkers from developing liver disease.

A recent study finds that specific cannabinoids have the ability to act as a shield against the build-up of fat on the liver, which leads to serious conditions like cirrhosis.

Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York recently published their discovery in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, which states that cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana, has the capacity to protect the liver from binge drinking by blocking the development of fat around the organ.

In the study, laboratory mice were dosed with CBD prior to being injected with ethanol twice a day for five days. During this time, researchers found significant evidence to suggest that the CBD compound could one day serve as a beneficial treatment for individuals at high risk for liver disease.

“We evaluated whether cannabidiol, which has been reported to function as an antioxidant, can protect the liver from alcohol-generated oxidative stress-induced steatosis. Cannabidiol can prevent acute alcohol-induced liver steatosis in mice, possibly by preventing the increase in stress and the activation of the JNK MAPK pathway,” according to the study.

Researchers say this study could function as a blueprint for the development of medicine to prevent liver disease. In addition, researchers added that past studies have indicated that cannabidiol may also be beneficial to the reduction of alcohol-induced brain damage.

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