Hepatitis B is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus and can be either acute or chronic. When contracted in adulthood, the virus is typically acute and can last for a few weeks to a few months. Symptoms of acute hepatitis typically develop within six months of transmission.
Chronic hepatitis B, on the other hand, develops when the body is unable to rid itself of the virus and is much more severe than acute HBV. Chronic HBV can cause serious health problems, such as liver damage, liver cancer, cirrhosis and even death. Though HPV can become chronic in anyone, persons most at risk are individuals who contract the virus early in life.
What Causes Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is spread through person-to-person transmission and through semen, blood or other bodily fluids. It cannot be spread through sneezing or coughing. Rather, typical modes of transmission include sexual contact, needle sharing, accidental needle pokes and mother to child transmission.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B
Symptoms of hepatitis B don’t typically develop until weeks to months after contracting the virus, though some people show signs within two weeks of infection. Other individuals never present symptoms at all. That said, common signs of infection are as follows:
• Weakness and fatigue
• Dark urine
• Abdominal pain
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea and vomiting
• Joint paint
Symptoms can interfere with one’s daily activities and overall quality of life, which is why researchers are constantly on the lookout for ways to better manage them and treat the underlying issue.
CBD for Inflammation
For decades, researchers have been attempting to gauge the effectiveness of CBD on inflammation. One group of studies focused on the role of cannabinoid receptors on inflammation. A review of those studies concluded that the activation of CB2 receptors by cannabinoids, either in vivo or in vitro, helps to decrease the activation rate of inflammatory cells. More notable findings suggest that, in addition to reducing inflammation, CBD can help slow the progression of certain diseases, such as the HBV virus.