Most people are already aware of alcohol’s negative effects on internal organs, but much less information is known about how cannabis affects the kidneys. According to a recent study, no association has been found between cannabis consumption and kidney impairment.
The study was recently published in The American Journal of Medicine, and samples were taken from nearly 14,000 healthy adults ages 18-59 who are living in the U.S. Researchers did not find any evidence to suggest either past or present cannabis consumption negatively impacted the people who were studied.
“There was no statistically significant association between history of marijuana use and the likelihood of developing stage 2 or greater chronic kidney disease,” the study claims. “Likewise, they did not observe a statistically significant association between the history of marijuana use and the incidence of microalbuminuria, a moderate increase in the level of urine albumin and a marker of kidney disease.”
“Our research provides some reassuring evidence suggesting that there is no detrimental effect of infrequent, relatively light use of marijuana on kidney function among healthy adults under age 60,” said Murray A. Mittleman, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and practicing preventive cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to The American Journal of Medicine. “However, our research does not address heavy users, the elderly or those with preexisting chronic kidney disease.”
Anyone who has been following the legal cannabis saga knows that this is in line with a lot of the results that have been found via research studies. A recent study suggests that cannabis is a healthy substitute for alcohol and it is also being tested as a way to substitute opiates and treat chronic pain. This recent paper represents yet another victory for medical cannabis progress.