Hepatitis and Marijuana Abuse

Hepatitis and Marijuana Abuse

Hepatitis refers to an inflammation of the liver or a group of viral infections of the liver. There are numerous types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E, G and X), as well as many possible causes of the infection. Marijuana abuse or regular use can cause hepatitis because the drug can lead to the development of liver fibrosis (excessive tissue build up) and liver steatosis (excessive fat build up). In addition, the toxins brought into the body with regular marijuana use or abuse can build up and damage the liver, increasing the potential for inflammation, infection and many other liver diseases.

Hepatitis can be transmitted through contact with infected body fluids. Sexual contact, shared needles and contaminated food or drink can all cause hepatitis. Excessive use of alcohol and drugs increases bodily toxins that can lead to the development of hepatitis and liver infections. Marijuana can increase a person’s risk of contracting or transmitting hepatitis because drug abusers are more likely to make impaired or reckless decisions, such as having unprotected sex, injecting drugs or sharing needles. Hepatitis can be acute or chronic and can lead to serious liver damage, liver failure or liver cancer.

Does Marijuana Harm or Help Hepatitis?

One reason marijuana use is connected with hepatitis is that the drug can reduce inflammation in the liver and moderate aspects of chronic liver disease. Marijuana is also helpful in alleviating many symptoms of hepatitis, including fatigue, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, nausea, depression and muscle and joint pain. However, many clinical studies have shown that regular use and heavy abuse of marijuana can cause the progression of liver disease in individuals with hepatitis. People abusing marijuana are more likely to develop severe liver fibrosis as marijuana can prompt the progression for rapid liver fibrosis. In addition, marijuana use suppresses the immune system, making users more vulnerable to contracting diseases and infections, as well as decreasing users’ ability to fight current illnesses and infections.

Find Professional Help for Hepatitis and Marijuana Abuse

Quitting marijuana use can be difficult for anyone. Quitting can be even more difficult for those with hepatitis since the drug may alleviate symptoms of the illness. If you would like to put an end to your marijuana abuse but have concerns due to your physical condition, we can help.  Please call our toll-free helpline to speak with a recovery professional who can find you the treatment and recovery services that will work for you and your own, unique needs. Recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day, so call now to learn more about how we can help you put an end to marijuana abuse.