Inhaled cannabis for pain treatment in adults with Sickle Cell Disease

Takeaway

  • Inhaled cannabis was more effective than inhaled placebo in interference in mood, but there was no statistically significant difference in pain rating between cannabis and placebo in adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SDC) and chronic pain.

Why this matters

    SCD is characterized by chronic pain, often requiring high doses of opioids for prolonged periods. A synthetic cannabinoid has previously been shown to attenuate both chronic and acute hyperalgesia in humanized mouse models, but the effect of cannabis on chronic pain in adult humans with SDC is unknown.

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