CBD for Hepatitis

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Written by Stefan K.

One of the most serious liver diseases is hepatitis. The infection-related variants can be divided into hepatitis A, B, C, D and E due to different types of viruses. There are however other causes besides the infections. Experts from the UK Liver Foundation assume that in the UK alone 215,000 people are infected with hepatitis C and around 10,000 with hepatitis B. It is difficult to give an exact figure, as doctors assume that there is a very high number of undetected cases. According to the WHO, the plan is to completely eradicate hepatitis. In Germany, for example, society (the state) has committed itself to completely eliminating hepatitis B and C by 2030. The WHO considers this goal unrealistic due to current case numbers. WHO sources say that there is simply a lack of nationwide testing.

In addition to “normal” hepatitis, there is also so-called concomitant hepatitis. In this form, certain ailments lead to liver inflammation. In addition, doctors also make a distinction between acute and chronic hepatitis. In the latter case, the disease is not cured even after six months.

As a substance that can be taken for hepatitis, CBD could be interesting because it has often been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and pain-relieving properties.

Liver disease hepatitis: hemp oil with CBD as an opportunity

In addition to the particularly well-known viruses, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, researchers have identified numerous other causes. For example, mumps viruses, herpes viruses, adenoviruses, enteroviruses as well as yellow fever and haemorrhagic viruses can also trigger hepatitis. At this point, one should also briefly mention the possibilities of infection with hepatitis viruses. Hepatitis A is absorbed through the mouth. This includes contaminated water, drinks and food. Hepatitis A can also be transmitted through close contact with infected persons. Hepatitis B is transmitted via body fluids, mostly during sexual intercourse. Hepatitis C is passed from one person to another via blood and other body fluids.

Bacterial pathogens and fungi can also be a cause. These include salmonellae and Borrelia. Syphilis can also lead to hepatitis. In addition, parasites such as plasmodia, amoebae, echinococci, liver flukes and roundworms can lead to a corresponding disease.

Substances that can lead to so-called toxic hepatitis are alcohol, certain medicines such as diclofenac, paracetamol or chelidonium as well as toxins in solvents and fungal toxins. Hepatitis can also occur after radiotherapy as well as after a liver contusion. In addition to immunopathological and extrahepatic forms, there are also congenital causes of hepatitis such as haemochromatosis or Wilson’s disease.

All recognised hepatitis cases have one legal thing in common – in Germany, Austria as well as Switzerland, they are subject to mandatory reporting. This is especially true for acute hepatitis.

Hepatitis symptoms

Experts differentiate the symptoms of hepatitis into those of acute and chronic hepatitis. Often in hepatitis, the recognisable symptoms do not appear until weeks or months after the infection or the onset of the disease.

In acute hepatitis, the early symptoms are non-specific and can therefore be easily associated with other diseases. A doctor should be consulted if the following symptoms occur:

  • nausea
  • loss of appetite
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • muscle pain
  • a change in the sense of taste and smell
  • upper abdominal pain

After the early phase, pressure pains may occur due to an enlarged liver – especially under the right ribcage. Eyes and skin may turn yellow (hence the jaundice phase). The urine is dark in colour.

If you suffer from chronic hepatitis, you should pay attention to whether you suffer from:

  • decreased performance
  • loss of appetite
  • joint pain
  • fatigue
  • pressure pain under the right ribcage and diarrhoea.

In women, hepatitis can cause menstruation to stop. In men, a so-called belly baldness, i.e. the disappearance of hair on the belly, can be a symptom of hepatitis.

How do conventional remedies for hepatitis work?

If you are affected by hepatitis, experts generally advise you not to consume alcohol. The treatment and remedies used for hepatitis depend on the cause, the course and the severity of the disease. If you suffer from acute hepatitis, you should take it easy or even stay in bed. The diet should be light and as low in fat and carbohydrates as possible. Acute hepatitis often cures itself, even though many doctors prescribe painkillers specifically for the severe muscle and joint complaints.

As part of a usual treatment, the liver inflammation is usually treated with medication. People who suffer from chronic hepatitis B or C are given antiviral drugs. If autoimmune hepatitis is present, drugs are prescribed that inhibit the function of the immune system. Examples include azathioprine and cortisone.

If the hepatitis is particularly severe, it may be necessary to consider a liver transplant. Donor organs that match the metabolism are often hard to find. If you suffer from hepatitis B and C, you are strongly advised to inform your family and any sexual partners about it. These people can then be specifically vaccinated. Vaccinations are currently only possible for hepatitis A and B, however. A vaccine against variant C has so far only been approved in China.

How does CBD work for hepatitis? – Effect & studies

According to the following studies, CBD for hepatitis can provide relief and alleviation for a variety of symptoms. Basically, it can be said that taking CBD, the substance from the cannabis plant, for hepatitis offers promising possibilities in the reduction of inflammation as well as in pain relief.

Current study situation

Alcohol dependence is often the cause of toxic hepatitis. The majority of those affected find it difficult to free themselves from the initiating addiction. This does not negate the cause of the hepatitis. According to an Australian study[1] , CBD is able to help people whose consumption of harmful substances has become a problem. CBD enables those affected to reduce harmful consumption, according to the study. After qualitative interviews with the study participants, the researchers concluded that CBD reduces the motivation to consume alcohol, for example.

Hepatitis can also be a consequence of a fatty liver. This is one of the most common chronic liver diseases in the UK. An unhealthy, sedentary and high-fat lifestyle often leads to the disease. According to a study [2] , CBD can help to inhibit appetite. This makes it easier to lose weight and achieve weight harmonisation. Thus, CBD can combat hepatitis via weight reduction.

Known and feared are the infectious types of hepatitis that are transmitted via viruses. Viral inflammations are triggered in the process. According to a report [3] in the “Journal of Experimental Medicine”, CBD can help against the unpleasant symptoms of inflammation. In the conclusion of the research paper, it is mentioned that CBD specifically helps to protect the brain from the pain information.

A study [4] from the United States shows that victims of severe burns consume cannabis and hemp products at more regular intervals than the average person. The authors of the study suggest that CBD and other cannabinoids can help with the prolonged pain management that is often necessary for hepatitis patients. In addition, one can conclude from the results that CBD can have an antiseptic effect in hepatitis.

Hepatitis is often accompanied by symptoms such as itching, yellow discolouration of the skin and open sores. In these cases, it is possible to alleviate the suffering with various CBD products. According to a study [5] of the University of Colorado in Aurora, CBD ointments and CBD creams can provide relief especially for itching. According to a study[6], CBD can help with wound healing, as it reduces the development of pain in open wounds.

In many of the studies already mentioned, in addition to the primary effects, participants consistently reported that CBD would have greatly reduced their hepatitis pain, such as the pressure pain of an enlarged liver.

In March 2017, Henry Lowes’ team at the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland published a study [7] that may be good news for hepatitis C patients. The study found that CBD showed antiviral activity in the treatment of hepatitis C. The study also found that CBD had a positive effect on the treatment of hepatitis C. It was also found during the study that the interaction of CBD and the CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system may lead to an activation of the body’s defences. This could lead to slowing down the infection processes of the viruses.

CBD for hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an acute liver disease. It is triggered by the hepatitis A viruses that give it its name. The course of the disease usually takes a few weeks, but it can usually be cured at home without taking medication. There are vaccinations against hepatitis A.

Symptomatic for hepatitis A are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, a slight increase in temperature and pressure pain in the right upper abdomen. CBD for hepatitis A can help, among other things, to regain appetite. According to a study[8] , the appetite-promoting effect of CBD is attributed to its influence on the so-called serotonin receptors.

Symptom: Upper abdominal pain

Cannabidiol for hepatitis B

If a person is infected with the hepatitis B virus, they can recognise this, among other things, by a deep mental exhaustion. This is where CBD for hepatitis B can help. Many people who take CBD report that they feel better afterwards. Medical experts assume that CBD has a mood-lifting effect. This means that CBD for hepatitis B can definitely lift the mood.

CBD oil for hepatitis C

Infection with the hepatitis C virus usually occurs through blood contact. This chronic disease can lead to long-term consequences such as liver cancer or liver cirrhosis. As already mentioned above in the study by Dr. Lowes from the University of Maryland, CBD has the possible effect of significantly slowing down the spread of the viruses in hepatitis C.

CBD and hepatitis D?

Only people who already carry the hepatitis B virus can become infected with the hepatitis D virus. Studies on how and whether there are interactions between CBD and hepatitis D are currently not available.

CBD for hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is mainly transmitted through food and drinking water. So far, human-to-human transmissions have been reported, but these are usually extremely rare. The symptoms and the course of the disease are similar to those of hepatitis A. Thus, CBD can be used for hepatitis E to the same extent as for hepatitis A.

Products with CBD for hepatitis

The symptoms of hepatitis disease can occur within the body as well as on the surface of the body. Should you have decided to use CBD products for hepatitis, especially …

… these can also help internally. For superficial application, CBD creams or CBD ointments can be used. Especially for itchy skin, CBD products for external use can help.


Dosage of CBD for hepatitis

There are no exact measurements for the dosage of CBD for hepatitis. You should take CBD for hepatitis in a small dose at first. Then slowly increase the dosage until the desired effect is felt. However, if you notice an undesirable effect, it is advisable to lower the dose until it stops.

As a rule, one should follow the dosage recommendation of the manufacturer. However, if you are unsure about the dosage of CBD for hepatitis, you should ask your doctor for advice.


  • Hepatitis is a liver inflammation of varying severity. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK suffer from the various forms. It can be triggered by the known hepatitis A, B, C, D or E viruses. There are also many other causes of hepatitis. CBD can have an effect on the symptoms of hepatitis that has been proven in studies. The cannabidiol has an anti-inflammatory effect and in many cases also relieves the pain caused by the pressure when the liver enlarges, for example. CBD creams and CBD ointments can help with many hepatitis symptoms, such as itching or open sores on the surface of the skin.


FAQs CBD for hepatitis

  1. Can CBD help with hepatitis?

    CBD can relieve the symptoms of the disease. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and, in many cases, also relieves the pain caused by pressure when the liver enlarges, for example.

  2. Can CBD ointments & creams relieve hepatitis symptoms?

    CBD creams and CBD ointments can help with many hepatitis symptoms – such as itching or open sores.

  3. Are there any side effects?

    Concern when taking CBD for hepatitis is unfounded. CBD is non-toxic and for more information, see our article on interactions.

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When taking products containing cannabinoids, interactions with various medications may occur under certain circumstances. If you are taking medication yourself, the use of CBD and other cannabinoids should be discussed with your doctor beforehand.

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About the author

Stefan K.

Stefan K.

Stefan is not only a valuable part of the CannaTrust magazine but also convinces with his sound knowledge about the effects of cannabinoids. As an author in Austria he gathered valuable experiences when writing for 'Stadtblatt Salzburg'. He got in contact with cannabis through several positive media reports. Nowadays he writes about everything around the most popular cannabinoid these days: CBD.