Sjorgren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the moisture-producing glands of the body. It becomes difficult for the body to secrete mousture, tears and saliva, having a direct affect on the glands of the eyes, mouth, nose, airways, skin and digestive system. Symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome include joint pain, swelling and stiffness, swollen salivary glands — particularly the set located behind your jaw and in front of your ears, skin rashes or dry skin, vaginal dryness, persistent dry cough and a prolonged sense of fatigue. There are two types of Sjogren’s syndrome, primary and secondary. Primary Sjogren’s syndrome occurs in the absence of other autoimmune disorders. Secondary Sjogren’s syndrome occurs with other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and is generally more serious than primary Sjogren’s syndrome. Secondary Sjogren’s syndrome is more likely than primary Sjogren’s syndrome to lead to complications.
Medical Cannabis and Sjogren’s Syndrome
Because cannabis has been known to produce “cottonmouth”, inhalation and strains high in THC are generally not recommended as it may make symptoms worse. CBD extracts can be excellent at reducing inflammation thus slowing joint damage in the long-term. Tinctures and decarboxylated hash oils are recommended for treating inflammation. CBD enriched edibles like lozenges and suckers can be excellent at not only reducing pain and inflammation but increasing saliva production as well.