Marijuana doesn’t appear to harm kidneys

Researchers did not find a link between moderate marijuana use and kidney disease, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“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 lead author Murray Mittleman, professor of epidemiology at Harvard Chan School, in a March 6, 2018 U.S. News & World Report article.

The study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, analyzed data from nearly 14,000 adults over a seven-year period.

Mittleman cautioned that further research is needed to evaluate marijuana’s safety for heavy users, the elderly and those with pre-existing chronic kidney disease.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article: Marijuana Doesn’t Seem to Harm the Kidneys