Is cannabidiol hepatotoxic or hepatoprotective: A review

April 22, 2020
Is cannabidiol hepatotoxic or hepatoprotective: A review

SJ Stohs and SD Ray


Questions have been raised regarding the potential hepatotoxicity of cannabidiol (CBD). Conversely, several animal studies have demonstrated the hepatoprotective effects of CBD against bile duct ligation, cocaine, thioacetamide, alcohol, and several other chemicals. This review summarizes the current literature concerning the hepatic effects of CBD in humans and animals. Based on the available data, it may be concluded that there is a low probability of serious hepatotoxicity at the high therapeutic doses that are used and a much lower risk of adverse hepatic effects and a potential for hepatoprotection effects at the lower doses commonly used in dietary supplements and food products. However, a detailed safety study in rats using highly purified CBD rather than enriched Cannabis extracts is needed, enabling the determination of hepatic as well as other tissue effects and potential margin of safety.

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