Study: No Link Between Cannabis Exposure and Acute Kidney Disease in High Risk Patients

Memphis, TN: A history of cannabis use is not associated with acute kidney injury (AKI), according to data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

Investigators affiliated with the University of Tennessee and various other academic institutions assessed whether those with a cannabis use history were more likely to suffer from AKI as compared to non-users in a nationally representative cohort of 102,477 US veterans transitioning to dialysis. 

Researchers reported that those subjects with past cannabis exposure possessed slightly lower odds of AKI (OR 0.85) than did those with no exposure.

They concluded: “In this observational study examining patients with advanced CKD (chronic kidney disease), cannabis use was not associated with AKI risk. Additional studies are needed to characterize the impact of cannabis use on risk of kidney disease and injury.”

Full text of the study, “Cannabis risk and risk of acute kidney injury in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease transitioning to dialysis,” appears in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.