Weed and Sickle Cell Anemia
Approximately 100,000 American citizens suffer from sickle cell disorders. As an untreatable and hereditary disease characterized by a number of symptoms including episodes of pain, it can become very difficult to cope with sickle cell anemia. Nowadays, many patients seek symptomatic relief with medical marijuana to help alleviate painful symptoms. Weed does show some promising evidence as an alternative to traditional medications.
What is Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease (SCD). In people who are born with this hereditary disorder, the red blood cells, which are normally round and flexible, are instead shaped like sickles and become stiff. Sickle cells obstruct blood flow, cause problems in circulation, and induce other painful symptoms. Sickle cell anemia refers to a particular case where sickle cells cause a shortage of blood cells (hemoglobin). Since sickle cells break apart and die more easily than normal blood cells, the body eventually runs low on hemoglobin and ends up deprived of oxygen, which leads to fatigue.
Sickle Cell Anemia Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of sickle cell anemia can be listed as:
- Episodes of pain / Pain crises
- Frequent infections
- Delayed growth or puberty
- Vision problems
Does Weed Help Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell anemia does not have a known cure. However, more and more patients are finding that weed does help provide some relief from their sickle cell anemia symptoms. The primary constituents in marijuana, natural compounds called THC and CBD, bind to cannabinoid receptors and alter the way the brain perceives pain.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Sickle cell anemia is one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Missouri. If you are a sickle cell anemia patient looking for an alternative to medication, your doctor can evaluate your situation and see if weed may be an option for you. If you’re seeking symptomatic relief with marijuana start your certification process with Ozark MMJ Cards today.