I have sickle cell, cannabis helps me be a present mom

Usually, I wouldn’t get involved in matters like these, but I do have an opinion I’d like to share. In 2012, while I was pregnant and even after, I started having complications with my body. I had horrible pain and fatigue everywhere on my body and even trouble breathing. Of course, I ignored these things because I was working hard at the time and I’d just had a baby, so I believed everything I was feeling was normal. Towards the end of 2013, with all the stress and unfortunate events causing that stress, those pains turned chronic (especially in my knees and elbows) and my fatigue kept me in the house and down all the time. As if that wasn’t enough, I started getting random high fevers, really bad headaches, and pains in my organs. A friend of mine said that marijuana helped with their headaches and after much coaxing, I decided to try it. Not only did my headaches ease and my fevers subside, but my pain lessened as well and I didn’t feel tired anymore. If anything, I felt like I could do everything! That night was the first night I had slept soundly in forever. I don’t smoke all the time, but I do when I start feeling pains or even a fever. It really does help. Especially since I’m so against taking man-made-and-altered drugs. Earlier this year I found out why I’ve had so many complications in my life since I was little. I learned that I have sickle cell anemia. For those who don’t know, sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disorder where red blood cells contort into a sickle shape. The cells die early, leaving a shortage of healthy red blood cells and can block blood flow. This can cause things like pains in the joints, organ dysfunction, fatigue, low oxygen, and other very unpleasant symptoms. There is no cure for this disorder, but as an alternative to blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants, prescribed “keep you sick” meds and other treatments, cannabis has helped me find a way to cope with everything physically and mentally. I don’t know if sickle cell anemia is a condition for which medical marijuana can be prescribed, but for those it can be prescribed for I think it should be. If cannabis can help me just as well as morphine or blood transfusions without all the risky trials and side effects, then why shouldn’t it be legal? Why take that option away from people who can actually benefit from it? How is it hurting society?

About Author

Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.

Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.