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CannaKeys has 5 studies associated with Hemodialysis.

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Overview - Hemodialysis

Description of Hemodialysis

The term hemodialysis refers to the mechanical process of using a filtration device to mimic the function of the kidneys to balance, cleanse and remove waste, solutes, or other no longer needed matter from the blood. Kidney failure (aka acute/chronic kidney disease) mean the organs are no longer working. Since the kidney is a filter organ reduction or cessation of filtration will produce a back-up of waste products. Acute versions can be triggered by trauma (e.g. large surface area burns), reduced renal blood supply (e.g. blockage of artery), or blocked renal pathways (e.g. cancer). Causes for chronic kidney failure may include hypertension, kidney disease, or diabetes for example. Orthodox treatment for both depend on their underlying causes and severity of symptom presentation. End-stage kidney failure will require hemodialysis or a transplant.

Disease Classification

Condition: Hemodialysis
Disease Family: End Stage Kidney Disease
Organ System: Urinary System
ICD-10 Chapter: Factors Influencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services
ICD-10 Code: Z99.2

Hemodialysis Symptoms:

Inefficient kidney function, too little urine, build-up of waste (e.g. urea, creatine, potassium), excess water, fluid retention (swollen ankles), fatigue, nausea/vomiting

Also known as:

Dialysis, Renal dialysis, Hemodialysis, Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis - CAPD

Drug Interactions

THC Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • THC can enhance the effects of drugs that cause sedation and depress the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol, for example. 
  • THC is metabolized by and an inhibitor of a number of enzymatic liver pathways referred to as cytochrome P450. There are more than 50 enzymes belonging to this enzyme family, a number of which are responsible for the breakdown of common drugs such as antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, doxepine, fluvoxamine), antipsychotics (haloperidol, clozapine, stelazine), beta-blockers (e.g. propranolol), bronchodilators (e.g. theophylline), or bloodthinners (e.g. warfarin).  Thus patients taking these classes of medication may find that THC increases the concentration and effects of these drugs as well as the duration of their effects.
  • Clinical observation suggests no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 20mg THC.

CBD Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • CBD may alter action on metabolic enzymes (certain drug-transport mechanisms), and as such may alter interactions with other drugs, some of which may produce therapeutic or adverse effects. For instance, CBD interacts with the enzyme cytochrome P450 3A4 and cytochrome P450 2C19, increasing the bioavailability of anti-epileptic drugs such as clobazam (a benzodiazepine). This makes it possible to achieve the same results at significantly lower dosages, reducing treatment costs and risks of adverse effects. 
  • Groups of drugs affected include: anti-epileptic drugs, psychiatric drugs, and drugs affecting metabolic enzymes, for example.
  • Clinical observations suggest no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 100mg CBD

Dosing Considerations

THC Dosage Considerations

  • THC micro dose:  0.1 mg to 0.4 mg
  • THC low dose:  0.5 mg to 5 mg
  • THC medium dose:  6 mg to 20 mg
  • THC high dose:  21 mg to 50+ mg

CBD Dosage Considerations

  • CBD low dose:  0.4 mg to 19 mg
  • CBD medium dose: 20 mg to 99 mg
  • CBD high dose:  100 mg to 800+ mg (upper limits tested ~1,500mg)

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