“If I missed a dose, I would get sick,” she recalls. “If I tried to stop, I would get sick. I ended up in the hospital several times.”
As the fireworks went off, Gus stayed still, calm, “chilled out.”
Advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are chronic conditions with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Patients experience substantial symptom burden that is frequently undertreated due to adverse medication side effects. This article reviews the available evidence for the use of medical marijuana to manage chronic pain, nausea/vomiting, anorexia/cachexia, and pruritus, all of which are frequently reported by patients with advanced chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease.