Sickle-cell anemia causes red blood cells to become deformed and sticky, which prevents them from transporting oxygen throughout the body. They also can build up and block normal blood flow, which results in severe pain called a "pain crises." Studies show marijuana can help treat the pain associated with sickle cell anemia and help manage blood flow which lowers the risk of tissue damage.
Cannabis acts as a pain reliever, and and researches have found medical marijuana effectively lowers pain levels in patients who suffer from sickle cell anemia. One questionnaire also found 52% of sickle cell patients use cannabis to treat their symptoms of pain, and 39% of patients use it to relax and relieve anxiety and depression. Cannabis also has anti-inflammatory properties, so its use can help relieve pain and minimize tissue damage in sickle cell anemia patients, and therefore improve overall health.
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