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CBD and Kidney Stones

According to the National Kidney Association, over half a million people end up in the ER each year due to kidney stones. Estimates suggest 1 out of every 10 people will have to go through the pain of dealing with a kidney stone at some point in their life.

If you are one of these unfortunate few, or just want to reduce your risk of kidney stones, it’s important to seek out all avenues of relief to reduce your chances of complications and discomfort.

With CBD getting so much attention lately, it’s natural to wonder whether it may help with kidney stones. To help answer the questions, we’re going to go over some facts about kidney stones, and how CBD may help.

What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard, stone-like deposits made up of waste products, such as salts and minerals, from your urine. When too much of these waste products pass through your kidneys, with too little liquid, crystals begin to form and build up. Over time, as these waste products buildup, they become larger and form into kidney stones.

It’s highly probable you won’t even know there’s a problem until a kidney stone is formed and begins moving around. Once a kidney stone starts moving, it makes its way into the tubes connecting your kidneys and bladder, called the ureters. It is during this time that people usually begin noticing something is wrong since it can be very painful if a kidney stone gets stuck here.

Some common signs and symptoms that a kidney stone has made its way into the ureters are:

  • Severe pain in the back and side, usually below the ribs
  • Pain spreading to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Painful or burning sensations when urinating
  • Discolored urine (pink, red, or brown)
  • Cloudy or bad-smelling urine

In addition to the above signs and symptoms, people will usually notice the pain move around their body as the kidney stone moves.

CBD For Kidney Stones

Unfortunately, researchers haven’t yet taken the time to study whether CBD can be used to treat or prevent kidney stones. That doesn’t necessarily mean that CBD is useless when it comes to treating kidney stones. CBD has several potential benefits that can be put to good use for people suffering from kidney stones.

For starters, CBD potentially improves our immunity and ability to fight infections. One of the risks of kidney stones is a kidney infection, so by supplementing with CBD, we may reduce this risk.

CBD also appears to be an effective pain reliever, making it a great alternative to the prescription and over-the-counter painkillers people who suffer from kidney stones often have to use.

CBD may also help improve our moods and can relieve stress, both of which are surely welcome benefits to those with kidney stones.

How to Use CBD for Kidney Stones

Several different products are available which makes using CBD for kidney stones easy.

The best way to get consistent pain relief from kidney stones is through the use of a CBD capsule, though CBD oil tinctures or drops are great options as well.

Compared to capsules, CBD oil tinctures kick in quicker, so you don’t have to deal with discomfort for longer than necessary. When you use a CBD oil sublingually by placing it under your tongue, it is quickly absorbed through the skin of your mouth and provides relief in as few as 30 minutes. You can expect the effects of a CBD oil tincture to last between 2 and 4 hours.

While CBD capsules offer more consistent dosing, CBD oil tinctures allow you to fine-tune your dosing, so you can get the perfect amount of relief. This is especially great for first-time users of CBD, as you can start with a smaller dose and then slowly work up from there until you get the desired effect.

Another way to use CBD for kidney stones is with CBD edibles. CBD edibles come in a variety of forms, including gummies, baked goods, and hard candies. The dosing of edibles is just as consistent as with capsules, though they usually take a little longer to work.

If you want something that works very quickly, for sudden onset pain, consider trying a CBD vape oil or CBD flower product. The effects of vaped or smoked CBD kick in pretty much immediately, providing potential pain relief in no time at all.

Aside from the negative health connotations of smoking and vaping, the only real downside to these inhaled CBD products is that their effects don’t last as long as others. It’s not that big of a deal though, as it is easy enough to just take another dose once the effects of the initial dose pass.

CBD Dosage for Kidney Disease

As CBD affects everyone a little differently, there’s no one-size-fits-all recommended dose of CBD for kidney stones.

There are a variety of factors which play a role in how much CBD you have to take for kidney stones, including:

  • Bodyweight
  • Body chemistry
  • Diet
  • Tolerance

With that being said, there are some general guidelines we can offer which will help you find the right dose of CBD for you:

For starts, it’s a good idea to start with a low dose of around 10mg. This is a good jumping-off point, as most people will experience few if any, side effects at such a low dose, while still experiencing some of the benefits of CBD. From here, increase the dose every couple days by 10mgs, until you begin to feel relief from your symptoms of kidney stones.

By following these guidelines, you should have a relatively side-effect free experience, while finding potential relief from the pain and stress that often comes as a result of kidney stones

Op-Ed: My Experience with using Cannabis to manage my Chronic Kidney Stone Disease.

This post is my story about my 28 year long (and counting) journey living with chronic kidney stones and how using cannabis has helped me.

Greetings and salutations my fellow kidney stone sufferers. Today I’d like to talk about hope. I’ve been quoted as saying “Hope can be a dangerous thing” many times over the years. I’ve come to realize that I was a lot more messed up than I had realized. I’ll start there and end up with why I now feel that hope is a good thing again.

I’ve lived with kidney stones since 1989 (As far as I can remember, possibly earlier). I grew up in a small town in Indiana. I was abused. I’ve known pain my entire life, more than I ever wanted to know. My first experiences with stones were thought to be bladder infections, and were treated with the home remedy of cranberry juice. I would get very sick but eventually get better. This might have been once or twice a year.

When I was 17 and living in an apartment, I got very sick at work. Drove myself to the hospital and was diagnosed with a UTI. Sent home with some Tylenol w/ Codeine. A week later while in the bath, I passed my first stone that I “caught”. Dang thing stuck to the tile on the wall. Had it analyzed (calcium oxalate) and everything started to click.

Joined the Navy to get out of town. Got married at 19. Passed two stones my first year of marriage. It stayed the same from 1989 until around 2009. Then it got worse. I started passing a stone a month. I thought I was going to die. I had been taking opiate pain meds for acute pain as long as I could remember. Now that it was all of the time, I was taking opiate pain meds for chronic pain. I spoke with my doctors, family and co-workers (They’re family, still are!) and we went for the opiate pain therapy plan. Worked great for about a year. Then a downward slide. I got worse. I was checking out on Life. It was much easier to “function” when not feeling ANYTHING.

It was around August of 2015 that I realized I had to make a change, and a big one. I started weaning myself off of all medicines I was prescribed. This took several months. I live in Washington State, and had experimented with marijuana as a teenager back in Indiana. I was an idiot as a teenager, big time idiot. Hard not to be when you think you’re alone in life, even with family there to help that you’ve turned away from. (Sorry family, you know who you are).

I spoke with an employee of mine about medical cannabis, as the laws were passing here for full out recreational use of the drug. I gave medical cannabis (I believe I was vaping Rick Simpson Oil at the time) a try. It worked for my nausea and pain! Then I got some more and it didn’t work as well. Go figure. Turns out it was black market.

I spoke with my pain specialist about the drugs I was supposed to be taking, and the drugs I was actually taking. Turns out opiates are pretty toxic for long term use. Turns out that most of the states finally realized this and were maxing patients out at 120mg morphine equivalency per day. Did I mention I was abused? Here is where that comes into play. I have a distrust of “modern medicine”, as I don’t consider it that modern. I’ve been suffering for almost 30 years. Not one answer except, “Here, take these and we’ll see how it works”. My pain doctor explained more things to me than I can go over here, I’d encourage anyone in a medical or recreational state to speak to your doctor candidly if you are a user.

I started going to the recreational shops. Trying out all of the various “delivery” systems you can use with cannabis. Concentrates, edibles, sublingual. You name it, I bought it.

IT WORKED! But it’s extremely cost prohibitive to use as your primary pain medicine. I now cultivate my own flower material, and process my own edibles and tinctures. I can’t stress this part enough. I make my own medicine! I know exactly what plant it is, what it was fed, where it was grown, when it was harvested & how it was processed. All of those things make a difference, even with the same plant! It’s so therapeutic I can’t put it into words. I enjoy gardening already. I enjoy baking already. Most of my medicine I take internally, in the form of cookies. Little more exercise needed, but I find a cookie to be better for ME and healthier for ME than a bottle (or bottles) of pills. I haven’t taken opiates but once in over a year and a half! For me this is huge, as I see the political and economical winds blowing. Prohibition is ending, it’s only a matter of time. I’ve taken control of my own body. My own health. There isn’t a drug that a doctor can “take away” from me, as I’ve learned to cope and be self sufficient.

My 2016 yearly physical I passed with flying colors. BMI right where it should be. The year before I was 223 lbs. Had been for years. I was 160.1 lbs for my physical this year. I pass a LOT more stones, but they’re MUCH smaller. I have managed to decrease my stone size by increasing the frequency at which I pass them. This is through diet, exercise and true pain management.

I now have hope again. Once I realized that true “pain management” does not equal “not feeling any pain”, that was my epiphany. The pain is always there, but manageable most days. Now I don’t “hope” for a cure and get discouraged. Now my hope is that I can help others in a similar position. Be a resource for people. And have as good of a damn day as possible. What else in life is there?

Editor’s note: Current research suggests that cannabinoids/cannabis are useful in the treatment of chronic pain. There is currently very little information on the risks and benefits of using cannabis for kidney stone patients. Always consult with a medical professional before you make any changes to your treatment plan. Two additional resources you may want to review on this topic:

A recent review article on the use of cannabinoids from the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article concludes “There was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity”.

A Colorado urologist’s experience with treating patients who use marijuana, including his warnings about potential negative effects for patients.

About Jerry Cepican

I grew up in Indiana and moved out to the Great Pacific Northwest when I got married in 2000. I have been married to my beautiful wife for over 15 years, and have a daughter entering high school. For work I am retired (after over two decades) from the Disaster Restoration Industry due to my illness. My main two hobbies (besides family) are Fishing and Baking and Gardening. While I have been a kidney stone sufferer for over 28 years, I do not allow that to define me.