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
25 mg per Capsule
We can use dosage information from similar conditions, such as liver or cardiovascular disease which involve similar mechanisms of action. Usually, these conditions require higher doses of CBD to produce effects.
We recommend starting at the low-strength dose and build up slowly over time to the medium or high-strength doses.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much research highlighting the effective dose of CBD for kidney disease — most of the research done up to this point has been investigating the safety of using CBD with kidney disease (which is positive) and animal testing to explore how it works.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.