Terpenes and Cannabinoids for Your Liver and Kidneys

October 15, 2020 0 Comments

Terpenes and Cannabinoids for Your Liver and Kidneys

The human body has five vital organs that are essential for survival. Your brain, heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs work together ceaselessly to process and deliver nutrients and remove toxins.

Since they interact so directly with the human endocannabinoid system, the terpenes and cannabinoids in CBD oil can support and heal organs like your liver and kidneys.

The Liver: Organ of 500 Functions

Anything you eat or consume gets filtered by your liver. Your largest solid organ, it weighs about three pounds and is located in the front near your lower ribs on the right side. With two connected lobes, your liver manages 500 functions and is the only organ that can regenerate.

Here are a few of the things your liver does for you every day:

  • Metabolizes carbohydrates, protein, and fat
  • Manages blood sugar levels
  • Processes and stores nutrients
  • Breaks down medications and removes toxic substances
  • Fights infection by eliminating bacteria from the bloodstream
  • Produces essential blood clotting proteins with vitamin K

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver manages the smooth flow of vital life force (Qi), emotions, and blood flow.

The earlier you catch liver disease, the easier it is to reverse. Signs of liver damage include fluid retention and swelling in the abdomen and legs, yellowish tint on skin or whites of the eyes, or blood in the stool.

Cannabinoids and Terpenes for the Liver

Research into these potent plant compounds is at its very beginning, but there are already powerful indications that terpenes and cannabinoids protect, detox, and heal the liver.

However, since CBD is ingested, and the liver metabolizes it, people with existing liver damage should consult their doctor before consuming.

CBD is a rich source of natural cannabinoids. Since cannabinoids modulate the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates as well as inflammatory processes, they support some of the liver's most important functions.

Full-spectrum CBD oil with natural cannabinoids and terpenes improved both brain and liver function in a study done with mice.

Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver and studies show a number of terpenes fight it. Geraniol and α-bisabolol inhibited the growth of HepG2 cells. Lycopene suppressed both Hep-1 and Hep3b cells.

The terpene citronellal is showing promise for liver cancer diagnosis and therapy.

The Kidneys: Masterful Filtration

Kidneys filter blood before passing it back through the heart. They are two bean-shaped organs, one located on each side of your lower back.

Kidneys are in charge of processes such as:

  • Maintaining the body's overall fluid balance
  • Manufacturing hormones that help produce red blood cells, support bone health, and control blood pressure
  • Regulating and filtering minerals like sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium from the blood
  • Filtering waste materials to be removed through urine

Kidneys support the normal function of nerves, muscles, and other tissues.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are the powerhouse of the body. Healthy and balanced kidneys supply energy to any depleted organ. According to that tradition, chronic anxiety drains the kidney.

Kidney disease happens when they cannot clean the body the way they should. Signs of damage to your kidneys include insomnia, dry or itchy skin, foamy urine, persistent eye puffiness, and swollen feet and ankles.

Cannabinoids and Terpenes for the Kidneys

Both terpenes and cannabinoids activate the endocannabinoid system, an essential partner to the kidneys to monitor and maintain homeostasis.

One set of studies found the terpene β-caryophyllene to protect against bladder and kidney dysfunction.

The cannabinoids and terpenes in full-spectrum CBD oil also reduce the pain associated with kidney disease, lower inflammation, and protect the organs from oxidative damage.

One common kidney complaint is stones or small pebbles in the urethra. They cause pain during urination and can be challenging to clear. A combination of natural terpenes helped patients clear stones more effectively.

Anyone with active kidney disease should consult a doctor before adding CBD to their treatment.

Plant Compounds Are Real Medicine

Mathematicians and physicists still don't have a comprehensive explanation for gravity, but it works for you every day. When you close your eyes at night, gravity keeps you safely in bed. Plant medicine is similar. Science understands parts of it. Fortunately, it works whether we know how or not.

Remarkable discoveries continue. For example, Israeli and Canadian research teams found the CBD oil with terpenes could help ease COVID-19 symptoms and block the virus from getting into the body.

Full-spectrum CBD oil delivers the concentrated, non-psychoactive, power of helpful plant molecules. At Jampha, each of our seven unique formulas is customized with targeted terpenes and cannabinoids.

 

 





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