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Medical Marijuana For Sickle Cell Anemia



Can I Get Medical Marijuana For Treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia In Mississippi?


Yes. But, you must be certified with a debilitating medical condition by a credentialed and MMCP approved medical cannabis practitioner. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act allows patients to be certified for medical marijuana treatment if they have a “debilitating medical condition”, which includes the following:

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diabetic/peripheral Neuropathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle-cell Anemia
  • Spastic Quadriplegia
  • Spinal Cord Disease or severe injury
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic, terminal or debilitating disease or medical condition, or its treatment, that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe or intractable nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or any other serious medical condition or its treatment added by the Mississippi Department of Health, as provided for in Section 9 of the MS Medical Cannabis Act

After being certified that you have a qualifying debilitating medical condition you will then apply for your medical cannabis identification card through the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program’s website. 


After you receive your card through your MMCP Portal you can print it or save it digitally to your mobile phone. Then you may visit a licensed dispensary in Mississippi.

Our Goal is to be the most trustworthy resource of reliable, easy-to-find, and impartial information for patients and families suffering from sickle cell and other qualifying medical conditions who are considering medical cannabis.

Know The Facts About Medical Marijuana And The Treatment Of Sickle Cell Anemia

Mississippi’s medical cannabis laws allow only MDOH credentialed practitioners to prescribe medical cannabis.

Marijuana strains vary in their amounts of THC or CBD. By state law, the flower cannot contain more than 30% THC, and all other forms are not more than 60% THC.

And, as with any medication, there are risks and side effects to consider. That is why it is so important to talk to your MDOH credentialed medical cannabis practitioner, pharmacist, and medical cannabis dispensary agent to help you consider:

  • The possible side effects you may experience.
  • The right strain (Indica, Sativa, or hybrid) for you.
  • The right “Start Low and Go Slow” micro-dosing plan for you.


Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) and Sickle Cell Anemia

The use of medical cannabis in the treatment of sickle cell anemia is demonstrated to be safe and potentially effective, especially in side effects such as chronic and debilitating pain. This type of pain is among the most frequent side effects among patients and can remain present throughout a patient’s life. Currently, very few options exist for patients in treating the symptoms associated with sickle cell. Opioids are the most commonly used form of medication. Generally, opioids are being prescribed less frequently in treatment for sickle cell, in which patients are left with few choices. Nationally, demand has increased for medical cannabis as a form of treatment in the fight against sickle cell anemia.

Use of Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) to Treat Sickle Cell Anemia

Disclaimer: The content reported here is intended to provide the public with information as reported by medical and scientific studies and data available to the Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance. The Alliance does not provide a diagnosis of patient conditions or provide healthcare recommendations for a specific patient. All patients should consult their healthcare provider on any forms of treatment specific to their current condition.

Research in the use of medical cannabis to treat sickle cell anemia is ongoing, and many studies have illustrated positive results. The most commonly studied use of medical cannabis is in the impact on chronic pain. Among many studies, one of the most common factors is that medical cannabis has the ability to play a longer-term role in pain treatment and that its use becomes more effective over time. Additionally, as medical cannabis treatment continues, patients are more likely to be able to enjoy more energy, increase physical activity, sleep better, and have better impacts on their mental health.

As more states legalize medical cannabis for patients, research has indicated that more patients are experiencing decreased severity and a decrease in hospitalizations due to ongoing side effects. While most researchers conclude that all treatment options for sickle cell anemia are difficult due to the nature of the disease, and therefore make pain management challenges for all patients. Most thus far have determined that in a majority of patients in clinical studies, medical cannabis over opioids has offered the most beneficial and consistent outcomes in the longer term.


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