Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated With Adverse Outcomes In Transplant Patients

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Data published in the journal Clinical Transplantation suggests there is no link between marijuana use and adverse outcomes from kidney transplantation. The study looked at the connection between marijuana and treatment outcomes in 1,225 kidney recipients between the years of 2008 and 2013. The researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine discovered patients who had used cannabis did not face a greater risk of adverse outcomes after one year than those who did not use marijuana. Authors concluded, "[R]ecreational marijuana use should not be considered a contraindication to kidney transplantation."

This news could influence the rules of many hospitals, where patients who test positive for marijuana are disqualified from receiving a transplant. In fact, marijuana may actually benefit transplantation. As one clinical trial from 2015 found, CBD administration mitigated certain potential adverse effects from stem cell transplantation.

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