Study: Cannabis May Help With Sickle Cell Pain

A clinical trial conducted by University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco has shown some promise for the use of cannabis in patients afflicted by pain from sickle cell disease.

Twenty-three patients with sickle cell disease-related pain took part in the double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. Some were given vaporized cannabis to inhale and others were given a vaporized placebo. Over a five day period, those who used cannabis reported less interference with daily activities from pain.

The findings show “sickle cell patients may be able to mitigate their pain with cannabis—and that cannabis might help society address the public health crisis related to opioids,” said Gupta.

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