Sickle cell anaemia is a condition that strikes in humans by changing the normal shape of red blood cells. The disorder tweaks the shape of healthy cells into a “sickle” bend, thereby stifling the normal flow of oxygen and nutrients. Indeed, because of the new shape of the cells, blockages begin to start creating in the small blood vessels.
This disorder is widely known to cause lots of pain in its sufferers as well as delay in growth, constant infections and problems with vision. It could also cause the feet and hands of the patient to become inflamed. Other health conditions that could ensue as a result of sickle cell anaemia include stroke, organs damage, and pulmonary hypertension. Currently, sickle cell anaemia can be controlled through medication and blood transfusions even though the best therapeutic aid for sickle cell anaemia is a bone marrow transplant.’
CBD is a cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant. Growing very fast in popularity because of its known therapeutic properties, CBD is being used by lots of people to treat a myriad of conditions they may be suffering from. Today users are using CBD to treat conditions like anxiety, pain, joint inflammations, arthritis and even epilepsy.
Currently, there are a couple of studies targeted at establishing how effective CBD can be in helping to deal with the symptoms of anaemia more favourably. With preliminary findings seeming to suggest that CBD could indeed play a significant role in helping to curb some of the symptoms of this condition, we can certainly hope for the best. Indeed there are lots of anecdotal reports from patients who claimed to experience relief from the chronic pain associated with the condition.
Some have also reported decent improvements in the condition after using CBD. If these reports are anything to go by, then patients of sickle cell anaemia can breathe a sigh of relief as CBD offers a more natural form of remedy with no side effects.
How does CBD work?
CBD has been hailed for such a long time – by researchers and users alike – for the medicinal properties it contains. Some of these properties are its antiemetic, antipsychotic and anti-inflammatory properties. In order to understand how these properties could possibly work for the sickle cell anaemia patient, you should understand a little about the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is a system of (cannabinoid) receptors responsible for maintaining balance of body systems and functions like sleep, appetite, relaxation and cognitive function. The receptors of the endocannabinoid system can be found throughout the body including in the immune system.
When CBD is taken, it enhances endocannabinoid response by interacting with them and in the process gives a boost to the immune system. CBD – because of its pain relieving properties – is thought to be particularly helpful in providing relief to the discomfort and pain that are experienced by sickle cell anaemia patients.
Sickle cell anaemia is characterized by a weakened immune system, making patients prone to more infections than normal. By taking CBD, the immune system is likely to receive a much needed boost to better resist infections and mitigate symptoms that come from these infections.
CBD products come in many forms; they may come in capsule form, oil form, powdered form, etc.
What form you buy it in is a matter of preference. However, note that even though CBD is not likely to affect you adversely, it is advisable to consult with your health care provider before taking it. He/she could advise you on how best to take it in addition to other forms of medication you may be on. Remember, CBD is not meant to replace your drugs.