Lupus is a Chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when a patient’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Normally the system makes proteins (antibodies) in order to fight antigens (viruses & bacteria). Lupus causes the immune system to confuse the antigens and healthy tissue, attacking and killing both. This leads to Chronic pain, swelling, facial rash, and long-term tissue damage. Other symptoms include chest pain, depression/mood swings, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, seizures, fever, hair loss, swollen lymph nodes, abnormal heart rate, anemia, ulcers, anxiety, swelling and weight loss. Lupus patients are also at an increased risk of cancer, infection, blood clots, and anemia.
Medical Cannabis and Lupus
Cannabis is considered an ideal medication to help Lupus patients cope with the symptoms of the disorder like nausea and pain. It’s also known to be an anti-inflammatory, suppressing certain parts of the immune system. We recommend an Indica dominant strain to assist with pain, insomnia and anxiety while a topical cream can be used to treat joint pain. The uplifting effect of sativa-dominant strains can be great in treating depression, fatigue and nausea. Products with both THC and CBD are excellent at treating inflammation and pain. By successfully lowering the levels of the body’s inflammation-promoting protein interleukin-2, and raising levels of the anti-inflammatory protein interleukin-10, cannabis shows that it may be beneficial for treating autoimmune disorders where inflammation is the main complication.