Cannabis and kidney disease have been a hot topic for most kidney disease patients. In most cases, Cannabis usually does not affect kidney function in healthy individuals. Many people use cannabis to treat a variety of problems. Most kidney patients experience chronic symptoms such as pain, nausea, anorexia, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and depression.
And most of these are approved indications for medical cannabis across the United States in many states. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia are the most common psychiatric conditions that people usually self-treat with cannabis. Most of the evidence focuses on chronic pain, nausea, anorexia, or loss of appetite. Additionally, many patients living with kidney disease and those on dialysis experience substantial chronic pain. So cannabis could have a potential therapeutic role in pain management among kidney disease patients.
Patients with baseline chronic kidney disease who used marijuana experienced more rapid eGFR decline, according to recent studies. Most studies included smoked recreational cannabis, either in healthy people, or they’ve evaluated any lifetime use among patients with kidney disease. There are some differences between recreational cannabis and medicinal cannabis such as the route of administration, the dose, the frequency, and all of these can have different effects on long-term outcomes.
These studies do not demonstrate any association between cannabis use and the development or progression of kidney disease. Thus, in order to answer this question, we conducted a study among people at high risk for kidney disease, and we did demonstrate an association between chronic cannabis use and a more rapid decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) with people with kidney disease. The use of cannabis in the United States and most parts of the world have increased significantly over the last decade, but particularly among people over the age of 50. Thus, in other words, there are studies out there that state that cannabis could have some benefits for your kidneys but you should always consult with your doctor.
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