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Treating Sickle Cell Anemia with Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

What is Sickle Cell Anemia and How Does It Affect You?

The Mayo Clinic describes sickle cell anemia as a “inherited red blood cell disease” in which an oxygen deficit results from a shortage of red blood cells. Due to their round shape and pliability, red blood cells are able to move easily through the arterial system. However, in a patient with sickle cell anemia, these cells are shaped like crescent moons and are unable to freely transit through the blood vessels, resulting in an obstruction of blood flow or a shortage of oxygen distribution to the body. There is currently no treatment or cure for the condition, although medical marijuana has helped a lot of people manage their symptoms. Sickle cell anemia is recognized as a qualifying illness for medicinal marijuana use in the state of Mississippi. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, don’t wait to get in touch with a qualified Mississippi medical marijuana doctor.

Sickle Cell Anemia Symptoms

Sickle Cell Anemia symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdomen pain
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain
  • Bone pain
  • Infections
  • Stunted growth
  • Delayed puberty
  • Vision problems
  • Swelling of extremities

Sickle Cell Anemia and Medical Marijuana

Many people with sickle cell anemia have found relief from symptoms like insomnia, depression, loss of appetite, and chronic pain after using medical cannabis. The anti-inflammatory characteristics of cannabis actually make it very effective at relieving pain. The euphoric effects of marijuana can have considerable mental health benefits for people with sickle cell anemia, improving their mood and reducing symptoms like anxiety and depression.

Studies on Sickle Cell Anemia and Medical Marijuana

Possible Side-Effects of Medical Marijuana

Side effects of marijuana can include impacts in:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Reaction Time
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Paranoia

Nearby Medical Marijuana Doctors in Mississippi

In Mississippi, any patient with a qualifying condition can get an Mississippi medical marijuana card from a licensed physician. TruReleaf MD can determine if you are eligible to utilize medical marijuana in your treatment plan if you have Sickle Cell Anemia. Contact TruReleaf MD today to discover if you are eligible for a medicinal marijuana registration card. Take our online eligibility survey as a starting step.