If your kidneys aren’t functioning, they aren’t able to filter your blood, causing a build-up of waste in your body. Your kidneys also play a part in bone health, regulating blood pressure, making red blood cells, and controlling your PH levels. Could CBD help prevent or treat kidney failure?
Cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to help with kidney failure because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. CBD hemp oil has shown that it may be able to help reduce the pain and damage to your kidneys, as well as possibly improve their functionality.
Cannabinoids are all over our body, including in our kidneys. This made scientists curious as to whether or not it could be an effective treatment for kidney disease. Considering that kidney disease can cause toxic build up and include inflammation, it only makes sense that cannabidiol can help, but does it?
Kidney Failure From Chemotherapy
A group of people who may have to deal with kidney failure is those who are undergoing certain chemotherapy treatments. A chemical called cisplatin is one of the most potent available chemotherapy treatments, but toxicity in the kidneys is a common side effect. In a study where rats were given cisplatin and cannabidiol, the CBD helped reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, nitrosative stress, cell death, and improved their kidney’s function.
Kidney Failure From Stroke Or Heart Attack
When you have a stroke or heart attack, the blood flow is halted, also known as ischemia. Rodent models were given ischemia in a study and were also given CBD before and after inducing the inadequate blood supply. In the study, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of cannabidiol showed to improve the health of the kidneys.
Kidney Failure From High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can also cause damage to the kidneys. High blood pressure can cause damage to the arteries around the kidney making them unable to function properly. Blood pressure can get even worse when damage is done to the kidneys because they won't be able to filter out the blood they need to. Cannabidiol may be able to help with this issue as well. Studies have shown that CBD may be able to help lower blood pressure, making it easier for the kidneys to do their job.
Talk To Your Doctor
Taking CBD for kidney failure isn't a common practice in the medical world, and still needs a lot of research to be completed before doctors start suggesting it. If you want to take CBD for your kidneys, run it by your doctor first. If you are on any other medication, the CBD can cause adverse effects, and your doctor should be able to tell you whether or not the medicines will collide. They can also help monitor you closely to see if this route is right for you, as well as help you make changes to your lifestyle to better your health.