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Alcohol and Cannabidiol

Alcohol has been shown to cause damage to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, in particular by inducing neuroinflammatory mediators and/or oxidative stress. These brain regions are known to be associated with problem solving, attention, information processing, learning, and memory.

Since CBD has neuroprotective effects that prevent oxidative damage, it has been considered for the treatment of cognitive impairments caused by alcohol. These effects of CBD have been hypothesized to be mediated by the 5HT1A or CB2 receptors.  These exciting results have been reported to support the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD for alcohol use disorder, particularly in the areas of neurodegeneration, hepatotoxicity, and  cognition.  Additionally, CBD can have a therapeutic effect in alcoholic liver diseases characterized by inflammation, oxidative stress, and steatosis.