A new study published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology has found that cannabidiol – a compound found in cannabis – may protect the liver against cadmium toxicity.
Cadmium is a chemical element (a metal) which is severely dangerous to the liver; it’s found in things such as cigarette smoke, cheap fertilizers and sometimes even in the air we breathe.
Researchers for the study found that; “Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that cannabidiol significantly decreased the cadmium-induced expression of tumor necrosis factor-α, cyclooxygenase-2, nuclear factor-κB, caspase-3, and caspase-9, and increased the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase in liver tissue.”
They continue; “It was concluded that cannabidiol may represent a potential option to protect the liver tissue from the detrimental effects of cadmium toxicity.”
The study was conducted by researchers at King Faisal University, and King Abdulaziz University, both in Saudi Arabia.
The study can be found here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X13000953