Is CBD Oil Bad for Kidneys?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid with a relatively good safety profile. As CBD oil and medical cannabis prescriptions are becoming more widely accessible in Australia, an important question has been raised: Is CBD oil bad for kidneys?

Diseases of the kidneys and urinary system are the 9th leading cause of death in Australia, so understanding the effects of CBD oil on the kidneys is key for practitioner prescribing and patient safety. Let’s take a deeper look at the effects of CBD on the kidneys.

Is CBD oil bad for the kidneys?

There is currently no scientific evidence indicating CBD oil is bad for the kidneys. Studies are limited when it specifically comes to the safety and efficacy of CBD on kidney conditions, however conclusions from reviews indicate it does not impact the kidneys in healthy individuals.

Early trials have revealed that CBD may benefit the kidneys, potentially due to its anti-inflammatory properties, pain relieving and blood pressure stabilisation properties. Still more research is needed into the application and safety of CBD in complex kidney conditions.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol

How does CBD affect the kidneys?

CBD is primarily metabolised by the liver and is not excreted from the kidneys, which is in part why CBD is unlikely to be bad for your kidneys. The therapeutic effects of CBD are largely related to its effects on the endocannabinoid system.

Endocannabinoid receptors have been found in the kidneys and there is some research which points to CBD having a positive impact on people with kidney disorders using CBD oil for chronic pain symptom management.

Are there side effects from CBD?

CBD is generally considered to have a robust safety profile, but just like any medication CBD oil may have side effects for some people. 

Common side effects can include drowsiness or a dry mouth, but there are other factors to take into account when considering CBD oil, you can read more about side effects here.

Final words about the impact of CBD on your kidneys

Diseases of the kidney can be severe and fatal in some cases. More research is required to  grasp the full extent of the effects of CBD on the kidneys. However, with current research as it stands, it appears CBD could have some potential benefits for kidney disorders.

While there may be many potential benefits of using plant-based treatments like CBD oil, it’s important to consult with your GP to discuss whether CBD might interact with any medical conditions you have or medications you take. 

To find out if CBD might be right for you, start your free CA Connect virtual consultation here.

Jessica Kindynis - BHSc Nat

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