SICKLE DISEASE (SCA)(DRPANOCYTOSIS) & Cannabis studies completed
Sickling decreases the cells' flexibility and results in a risk of various complications. The sickling occurs because of a mutation in the haemoglobin gene. Individuals with one copy of the defunct gene display both normal and abnormal haemoglobin. This is an example of codominance.
Life expectancy is shortened. In
1994, in the US, the average life expectancy of persons with this
condition was estimated to be 42 years in males and 48 years in females, but today, thanks to better management of the
disease, patients can live into their 70s or beyond.
Science and Research
2010 - Study ~ New Era Dawns on Sickle Cell Pain
2009 - Study ~ Cannabinoids as Analgesics for Pain in Sickle Cell Disease.
2008 - Study ~ Marijuana Use and Sickle Cell Disease
2007 - News ~ Marijuana Use Prevalent Among Sickle Cell Patients
2005 - Study ~ Cannabis use in sickle cell disease: a questionnaire study.
2005 - News ~ Medical use of cannabis in sickle cell disease