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Medical Cannabis Treatment for Jaundice

Jaundice, also known as icterus, is a disease that appears when the chemical bilirubin in hemoglobin is not broken down properly in the liver, leading to yellowing of the skin and eyes, according to MedlinePlus. The journal of the US National Library of Medicine describes it as follows: Jaundice is an illness. Jaundice, which is common in newborns and affects up to 60% of all infants, can also be caused by a variety of other factors. It occurs when the liver is unable to break down bilirubin properly.

Other drugs can also cause jaundice. Kernicterus, a form of brain damage seen in newborns with high levels of bilirubin, is caused by untreated jaundice and causes athetoid cerebral palsy as well as hearing loss. Jaundice, which affects both children and adults, causes a wide range of symptoms in both genders, including itching, abdominal pain, pale stools, fever, dark urine, and weight loss. According to Health Direct, the condition can be a sign of liver disease caused directly by autoimmune disease or cirrhosis.

Medical cannabis has been clinically proven to relieve autoimmune disease symptoms and, perhaps, other health concerns linked with jaundice. According to Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, “the cannabis plant’s roots are ancient suppliers of medical therapy that stretch back millennia.”

Jaundice Symptoms and Treatments

Adult jaundice is most common in infants, however, it can be caused by gallstones, tumors in adults, and hepatitis. Adult jaundice is usually left untreated in adults, according to Cleveland Clinic. In adults, symptoms include purpura (skin bruising), spider angiomas, and palmar erythema, which is a condition in which palms and fingertips become red. Urine testing and a complete blood count, known as a CBC test, are used to diagnose jaundice.

What are the effects of cannabinoids on jaundice?

Jaundice in adults, according to the Cleveland Clinic, is “usually not” required to be treated; nevertheless, it does include unpleasant itching as one of its symptoms. While cholestyramine treats itching, it has several negative side effects, including nausea and appetite loss. Medical cannabis is effective in reducing both of these unwanted symptoms as well as inflammation in the bowels of people with inflammatory bowel disease. Another ailment that causes jaundice is hepatitis B, which has been successfully treated with medical marijuana.

Medical cannabis may help relieve itching in dermatitis and eczema as well as the unpleasant sensation caused by jaundice. “Cannabinoids are a varied group of chemicals that have the potential to deliver significant therapeutic effects across many areas of medicine, such as dermatology,” according to a 2018 article in Practical Dermatology. However, research demonstrating how medical cannabis affects blood pressure and flow makes it especially useful for jaundice, which is caused by a lack of hemoglobin breakdown in the blood.

More time and study will undoubtedly lead to further research on medicinal cannabis as a treatment for adverse side effects caused by illnesses and medications, giving jaundice sufferers hope for recovery. 

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*DigiDrs is not offering this as professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self diagnose, or prescribe treatment based on the information provided in these pages. Consult a physician before making decisions on the treatment of any of these medical conditions.

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