Cannabis has been used for a very long time to treat various diseases and illnesses. From ancient history to the present date, doctors have prescribed various strains of cannabis for treating various diseases. Medical marijuana is effective for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Diabetes patients use cannabis to reduce the side effects of diabetes medicines and to reduce effects of diabetes itself. Additionally, cannabis is used in treatment of diseases including AIDS, sickle cell anemia, schizophrenia, ADHD and many more.
What is Sickle Cell Anemia?
The blood cells in a normal person are disc shaped. They contain the genetic code and are responsible for carrying the oxygen around the body. The blood cells contain an iron containing metalloprotein called hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying the oxygen. In patients suffering from Sickle Cell Anemia, the disc shaped blood cells turn into crescent or sickle shaped cells. This reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of these cells. This results in improper circulation of oxygen and thereby leading to fatal consequences.
Sickle Cell Anemia and Its Medication
The only known treatment for this disease is a bone marrow transplant, which is a very costly surgery. You can also use antibiotics to numb the effects. Hydroxyurea, a type of antibiotic that is used for treatment today. The antibiotic reduces formation of sickle shaped cells. Nevertheless it has many side effects like dizziness, nausea, vomiting, soreness, loss of appetite and many more.
Cannabis and Sickle Cell Anemia
Cannabis is being used to treat many sickle cell anemia patients in the world today. It has a score of properties that counter the ill effects of this disease. Other than the mood enhancing, this drug causes uplifting and euphoric effects on the patient. Cannabis also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relief) properties that help patients in reducing the effects of the disease.
Cannabis also reduces some of the side effects of Hydroxyurea like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite.
Thus one can conclude that cannabis can help patients suffering from this deadly disease and