What is Sickle Cell Anemia?
Sickle cell anemia - often referred to as sickle cell disease - is a genetic blood disorder that causes deformed, sickle-shaped, red blood cells that cannot carry sufficient oxygen and nutrients to important organs. Its characteristic sickle shape develops from irregular hemoglobin that doesn’t receive enough oxygen; the sickled cells typically die much quicker than healthy red blood cells and can often become congested at several joints which lead to intense pain episodes known as a “sickle cell crisis.”
Symptoms of sickle cell disease usually include chronic fatigue and pain; other health complications may develop due to sickle cell anemia such as stroke, viral infections, pulmonary hypertension, organ degradation, and vision deterioration. Conventional treatment for sickle cell anemia consists of pain medications, blood transfusions, and bone marrow transplants as the most effective but risky procedure.
Why use CBD for Sickle Cell Anemia?
Scientists have explored the promising probability of cannabinoid components helping to treat pain sensitivity and decreasing mast cells. Observational research has implied using CBD compounds to activate cannabinoid receptors which could lower the frequency of sickle cell crises brought on neurological inflammation, mast cell activation, and poor circulation.
Other studies have highlighted beneficial effects of cannabinoids such as better blood flow and impairing particular proteins and enzymes which resulted in less blockage of sickled cells. Furthermore, scientists have noted CBD relieving skin inflammation and severe pain sensitivity from muscular and skeletal hyperalgesia that persists from oscillating temperatures and overexertion.
With sickle cell anemia, CBD triggers the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help mitigate bodily functions such as sleep, relaxation, mental capacity, and appetite; it also helps to strengthen the immune system. More importantly, CBD has demonstrated its effectiveness in relieving the intense pain and discomfort that is regularly experienced by sickle cell patients. Along with meager addictive attributes and no psychoactive effects, CBD stands to become one of the best alternatives to help with sickle cell disease.