Marijuana use has little to no effect on kidney function in healthy young adults. This is according to a new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on Aug, 24, 2017.
Led by Dr. Julie Ishida, researchers came to their conclusions by examining data made available through the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, which tracked, among other variables, kidney function and marijuana use.
At the beginning of the study, researchers found that individuals with higher marijuana use had lower kidney function than those that did not use marijuana. However, as the study progressed, the correlation between marijuana use and lower kidney function disappeared, leaving more questions than answers.
“Results from our observational study in young adults with normal kidney function may not translate into a clinically meaningful difference and may be insufficient to inform decision-making concerning marijuana use,” Ishda said, as quoted by Science Daily.
Ishda went on to say that a possible explanation for their results is that marijuana use may affect an individual’s kidney function differently depending on their age and that additional research on the subject would be needed.