Acute alcoholic hepatitis, also known as Zieve’s Syndrome (ZS), is a condition that is often overlooked and underdiagnosed. Zieve’s syndrome is characterized by a triad of conditions, including jaundice, hemolytic anemia, and hyperlipidemia. The condition is typically caused by excessive alcohol abuse, and the only treatment is hospital care and blood transfusions. Medical cannabis has been found to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Zieve’s syndrome, including pain and nausea.
Jaundice is one of the conditions that make up the triad of Zieve’s syndrome. Jaundice occurs when the chemical bilirubin does not correctly break down in the liver. This results in a yellowing of the skin and eyes, as well as other symptoms such as abdominal pain and itching. Medical cannabis has been found to alleviate autoimmune disease symptoms, which may help relieve some of the health issues related to jaundice.
Chronic pain is a common symptom associated with Zieve’s syndrome, and medical cannabis has been found to be an effective treatment for pain management. A study published in Health Affairs in 2019 found that more than 62% of chronic pain patients use medical cannabis for relief. Similarly, medical cannabis has been found to ease nausea, another uncomfortable symptom associated with Zieve’s syndrome.
While Zieve’s syndrome is a rare and understudied condition, there is research to support that some of the symptoms of the condition may be eased by properties of medical cannabis. However, it is important for individuals suffering from Zieve’s syndrome to seek proper medical treatment and abstain from alcohol completely in order to manage their condition effectively.