Can CBD cause liver damage? If you watch the news you may have seen reports that CBD can cause liver damage. This was very concerning to me, since I truly believe in the healing powers that CBD can provide. So, I started doing some digging to find out why these news reports were popping up suddenly.
What does the FDA say?
First, the FDA states on their website that CBD can cause liver damage. So, I looked for the study where they determined that to be true. And guess what? There is no study!! What the FDA is referring to is studies that were done for the approval of the drug Epidiolex – a purified form of CBD that the FDA approved in 2018 for use in the treatment of two rare and severe seizure disorder. In these studies, they noted that the risks were increased when taken with other drugs that can impact the liver. The FDA states that there is also other “published literature” that show liver damage with CBD use. However, there is no link to that literature and there are no studies to show that.
What do other studies say?
Next, there was an article written in Forbes back in June, 2019 that referenced a study from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on CBD given to mice. In this study the mice that were given extremely high doses of CBD showed signs of liver damage within 24 hours. The problem with this study is that it was not done on humans. And the high amounts of CBD given to the mice exceed any equivalent amount that a human would ever take.
The bottom line is there is much to be learned about the effects CBD has on humans. But the FDA and big pharma have made it difficult to do any research and get studies published. Those of us that take CBD regularly know of the benefits it is having on our health and quality of life. I’m sure that every one of you did your own research on CBD before you decided to start using it and came to the same conclusion that I did – the rewards of taking CBD far out way any risks that may come from taking it.
If you haven’t started taking CBD and are still in the “research phase”, please check out our website. Read our blogs and FAQs. And if you still aren’t convinced, email me with your concerns. I will be happy to talk with you and help you the best way that I can.