Study Indicates Cannabis May Help Treat Sickle Cell Disease

By Benjie Cooper

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A group of researchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut have released the results of a study that examines cannabis use by people living with sickle cell disease and how their marijuana consumption affects the condition.

Medicinal cannabis is available in more than half of the United States, but with the exception of states such as California that have no list of qualifying conditions, just five states include (Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia) include sickle cell disease in their roster of illnesses that a person must have to be able to use medical marijuana.

In 2016, there were over four million people around the world living with sickle cell disease, a genetic condition that usually begins showing signs in the first five or six months of life. Common symptoms include anemia, bacterial infections, swollen hands and

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