A new study has revealed that there is no link between marijuana use and kidney disease, at least not in younger people who use the drug with moderation.

The study, which was led by lead investigator Dr. Murray Mittleman, a professor epidemiology at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, has found no evidence suggesting that the drug has a detrimental effect on kidney function.

Dr. Mittleman stated, “Our research provides some reassuring evidence suggesting that there is no detrimental effect of infrequent, relatively light use of marijuana on kidney function among healthy adults under age 60.”

“However, our research does not address heavy users, the elderly, or those with pre-existing chronic kidney disease,” Mittleman also said in a Harvard news release. “Research is needed to evaluate the impact of marijuana use in adults 60 and over, and among those with existing or at risk of developing kidney disease.”

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