Study Shows Cannabis May Relieve Pain Caused By Sickle Cell Disease

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A study by researchers at the University of California shows that cannabis may have the potential to treat the chronic pain associated with sickle cell disease. Vaporized cannabis, which we employed, may be safer than other forms because lower amounts reach the body’s circulation. Blood Disorder Causes Severe Pain Sickle cell disease is a group of blood disorders characterized by abnormal hemoglobin molecules that result in sickle-shaped red blood cells. Sickle cell disease can lead to obstructions of blood flow that cause chronic discomfort and episodes of severe pain commonly treated with opioids, which can be dangerously addictive and have other health risks. As the five-day study period progressed, participants reported that their pain interfered with activities including walking and sleeping.

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A study by researchers at the University of California shows that cannabis may have the potential to treat the chronic pain associated with sickle cell disease. Results of the research, which was led by University of California at Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of U.C. San Francisco, were published last week in the journal Jama Open Network.

“These trial results show that vaporized cannabis appears to be generally safe,” said...

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