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Summary: Using CBD for Kidney Disease
CBD may provide support for kidney disease through its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic benefits.
CBD is also metabolized by the liver but has been proven not to cause additional damage to the kidneys — making it a non-toxic option for managing kidney-related pain.
Whenever using CBD (or any supplement for that matter) for the first time, it’s essential that you start with a small dose, and build up gradually over time once you know how it affects you individually.
Cannabis could be a useful aid in managing certain symptoms of kidney disease — which often includes chronic pain, nausea, emesis, anemia, itching, insomnia, and an overall lack of well-being
Kidney patients should discuss all the supplements and drugs they are taking with their doctors and members of their care team. A prescriber of medical cannabis is likely not a nephrologist and may not be familiar with recent research on CKD and marijuana. Legal recreational cannabis does not require a doctor’s prescription or approval at all, but it’s still important for doctors to know their patients are using the drug. You can find helpful information on how to more effectively communicate with your doctors by watching our Tips for talking with your doctor webinar on our website.
During the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week conference in October, researchers shared their findings from a recent study on marijuana (or cannabis) use and its effects on kidneys. The research was led by a team at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, who studied kidney disease progression in cannabis users. They found that chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients’ kidney function declined faster in those who used cannabis, compared to those who did not.
Joshua L. Rein, DO, who led the study, told Healio’s Nephrology News & Issues that kidney patients who may be using cannabis should be aware of potential effects on their kidneys. He said some patients may be using it to treat some of the symptoms of their kidney disease, explaining, “Patients with kidney disease experience significant symptom burden.” And symptoms, such as nausea, lack of appetite and chronic pain, “are all valid issues for medical marijuana usage.”
Glance at any dialysis discussion board and you’ll find many questions about dietary supplements and alternative drugs, including medical marijuana. While seeking out information is an important part of being empowered to fight kidney disease, the internet is full of doubtful claims and outright false information. Separating fact from fiction—and understanding that supplements and alternative drugs can interact with prescribed drugs or cause harm in other ways—is especially important for kidney patients.
A growing number of states are legalizing medical marijuana, and some have made it legal for recreational use. But just because a drug is legal, that does not make it safe, or a good idea, for kidney patients.
The study did not show cannabis to cause kidney disease, or a decrease in kidney function in people who do not already have CKD. Rein believes additional research into the effects of cannabis on CKD patients and kidney health in general is needed.
Posted: November 8, 2018 | Author: AKF Staff
The researchers, who studied kidney disease progression in cannabis users, found that chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients’ kidney function d eclined faster in those who used cannabis, compared to those who did not (7 ) . They did not report whether this was marijuana or hemp-derived cannabis which would have lower THC than CBD.
Nephrotoxicity occurs when the body is exposed to a drug or toxin that causes kidney damage, which makes the body unable to eliminate excess urine and wastes.
CBD for Kidney Disease: What the Research Says
Calcium based stones, such as calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate, were the most common types of kidney stones found after kidney transplantation (2 ) .
Thus, therapeutic alternatives are in high demand, which may explain why, in recent years, medical marijuana has emerged as an attractive therapeutic option (11 ) .
Marijuana and hemp belong to the s ame plant species, Cannabis sativa, but are widely different. Marijuana contains much more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than hemp, while hemp contains more cannabidiol (CBD).