Marijuana Health – Cannabis and Kidney Health
The Marijuana plant is known for it’s affect on the nervous system. Usually it is inhaled or smoked, but for medical purposes can also be prescribed to be taken by mouth. The Cannabinoids, found in the leaves and flowers, minimize pain, promote sleep and appetite.
Marijuana is already legalized in various countries for medical use. Usually it is used to help the patients with chronic pain, loss of appetite or sleeping problems. This is a very controversial topic and peoples opinion varies widely.
Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease struggle with different substances. The kidneys in healthy individuals filter the blood. Kidneys in CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) Patients can no longer filter the blood in an optimal way. Therefore it is essential that their nutritional intake is monitored.
Marijuana an option for Patients with CKD?
Many CKD patients suffer from loss of appetite or sleeping problems. Marijuana is known to help with those problems. Is it actually safe for a Patient, that has been diagnosed with Kidney Disease, to use Marijuana?
Cannabis is known to help ease the eye pressure of glaucoma patients, which is often a result of High Blood pressure, one of the main reasons for Chronic Kidney Disease.
Due to the challenges given by the Drug Enforcement Adminsitration, there hasn’t been enough test to confirm Marijuana Health benefits.
Should you consider Cannabis for treament?
Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease often suffer from pain, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, itching skin, nausea and vomitting. Treatments that are usually used for patients with those symtpoms cannot be given to the Kidney patient, due to the toxicity of the treatment drugs. Therefore Cannabinoids seem to provide a helpful option in those cases.
Marijuana contains more than 483 known compounds, 84 of them are cannabinoids.
Where is Marijuana Legal for medical use?
Marijuana for medical health has been only legalized in some countries, including Belgium, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Spain and several US states. Although those countries permit Marijuana use to treat severe diseases, it is not typical for patients with CKD.
Marijuana Health Warnings
When you should definetely not use medical Marijuana:
- Heart Disease
- Weak Immune system
- Lung disease
- Shortly after Surgery
Please note that there might be many more situations where it is even very dangerous to use Cannabinoids. I can only mention this again, the current research hasn’t gotten far enough.
What you should consider as a CKD patient when taking Marijuana
Cannabinoids can act in different ways on the body. So far there is not enough research that was conducted. What is known is, that Marijuana contains very little toxicity.
If you are living in an area where the medical use of Marijuana is permitted and you consider taking it to ease your symptoms, then it is very important that you and your doctors discuss all the possible side effects it might have.
Drug Science states “Studies have shown the long-term use of cannabis to be safe. In contrast to many other medicinal drugs, the long-term use of cannabis does not harm stomach, liver, kidneys and heart.”
Another statement from Totse says “Marijuana is two to three times as effective as any currently legal medicines for reducing ocular pressure, without toxic side effects destroying liver and kidneys, toxic effects associated with present legal glaucoma drugs.”
Cannabinoids and Kidney Transplants
Many CKD Patients on Dialysis report that they were denied a kidney transplant, due to their habit to consume Marijuana. Others state that they were instructed to abstain from the use in any way, shape or form, for at least 6 months before the transplant surgery. A kidney transplant should mean more to you than to smoke weed.
Medics seem to have very different opinions about this topic. And this is not surprising. The lack of exploration in this area asks for cautious actions.
However Cannabinoids are sometimes used after a kidney transplant to reduce the chance of transplant rejection, as the immune system weakens.
Other used terms for Marijuana
- Cannabis sativa
- Mary Jane