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
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 Hemp 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.
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.
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.
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.
Because Tibetan treatments, therapies and medicine are not yet recognized, licensed, or regulated by the AMA or FDA or any US agency. This document is not to be construed as a diagnostic tool and/or that of prescribing medicines or therapies, it is for informational support only. Consult your doctor before taking any medications.