Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Sickle Cell Anemia, also known as Sickle Cell Disorder, is a genetic red blood cell disorder that causes both acute and chronic pain.

Sickle Cell Anemia is one of the most common inherited disorders and is associated with both unpredictable recurrent acute pain and chronic pain. This genetic condition is inherited when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent.

Compassionate Certification Centers is help you get certified for a medical marijuana card so that you can control the accompanying symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia. See below for more information.

An Overview of Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia is a condition where there is an anomaly in the oxygen-carrying protein, hemoglobin, in a person’s red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells are round and move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Due to the “sickle” shape of the cells, they are destroyed at a higher rate than produced, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. This, in turn, affects the other blood cells, namely neutrophils, monocytes, and B and T lymphocytes, which also compromises the immune system.

Symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia

Signs and symptoms of sickle cell anemia usually appear around 5 months of age. They vary from person to person and change over time. If you or your child develops any of the following problems, we recommend that you see a doctor right away or seek emergency medical care:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Anemia
  • Delayed growth or puberty
  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Pale skin or nail beds
  • Signs or symptoms of stroke
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Unexplained episodes of severe pain
  • Vision problems
  • Yellow tint to the skin or whites of the eyes

How to Diagnose Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is usually diagnosed in infancy through newborn screening programs and gene testing. Blood tests and Hb electrophoresis to assess the different forms of hemoglobin in the red blood cells are also performed to confirm the diagnosis.

In adults, a blood sample is drawn from a vein in the arm. In young children and babies, the blood sample is usually collected from a finger or heel. The sample is then sent to a laboratory, where it’s screened for the defective hemoglobin.

Statistics to Consider

  • The first report of Sickle Cell Disease was made in 1846 during the autopsy of a runaway slave who was executed and whose spleen was found to be missing.
  • 75% of the total cases originate in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 2% of the newborns in Nigeria were found to be affected, which estimates to about 150,000 infants every year in Nigeria alone.
  • More than 100,000 people across America suffer from sickle cell anemia.
  • 1/13 African American babies in America are born with this condition.
  • It is more commonly found in populations where the prevalence of malaria is high.

Medical Marijuana for Sickle Cell Anemia

There are numerous ways that medical marijuana can help patients suffering from Sickle Cell Anemia. Medical cannabis has proven pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, which helps reduce the damage to internal organs by reducing the inflammation that plagues the organs. Medical marijuana also offers relief from anxiety, depression, and other serious mental disorders that may impact a person’s quality of life.

In addition to medical marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD) has also shown promising results. Many patients suffering from the disease opt for CBD as a treatment option due to its non-psychoactive properties. CBD not only directly inhibits the pain associated with Sickle Cell Anemia, but can dramatically improve the quality of life for these patients.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card for Sickle Cell Anemia

Due to the seriousness of the disease, many states have legalized the use of medical marijuana for Sickle Cell Anemia. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get your medical marijuana card in the state of Pennsylvania:

  1. Register for the PA Medical Marijuana Program with Compassionate Certification Centers
  2. Have a physician certify that you suffer from a terminal illness
  3. Purchase a medical marijuana ID card
  4. Get medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in Pennsylvania

Compassionate Certification Centers is here to provide you with the support, care, and guidance you need to get certified in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. Schedule an appointment with us at 888-316-9085 to start your evaluation process!