Marijuana Users Aren’t at Increased Kidney Disease Risk

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Current or past use of marijuana does not appear to affect the risk of developing kidney disease or decreased renal function, reports a study in The American Journal of Medicine.

The cross-sectional study included data from 13,995 respondents, aged 15 to 59, to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2014. Self-reported marijuana use, recent or past, was analyzed for association with renal outcomes: serum creatinine concentration, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and chronic kidney disease (stage 2 or higher).

In the nationally representative survey, 46.3% of respondents said they had never used marijuana, 39.3% were