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Medical Marijuana and Sjoren's Syndrome

What Is Sjoren's Syndrome?

Sjogren's syndrome is a medical disorder that directly affects a patient's immune system and is identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and extremely dry mouth. Sjogren's syndrome often accompanies and works in unison with other immune-system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. With this particular condition, the body's mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first — resulting in decreased production of tears and saliva (responsible for both the dry eyes and dry mouth side effects).

Although a patient can develop Sjogren's syndrome at any given age, most patients who suffer from this condition are older than forty years of age at the time of their diagnosis. It should be noted that Sjogren's syndrome is much more common in women than in men, and the treatment of this syndrome focuses on directly on relieving symptoms, which often subside with time. Some patients who suffer from Sjogren's syndrome have also experienced symptoms such as 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.

Medical Marijuana and Sjoren's Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome cannot be cured, but it can be treated to minimize symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Treatment can include a combination of medication, good oral hygiene, and possibly surgery. Patients who suffer from this condition often use CBD-enriched extracts in order to treat Sjogren's syndrome and debilitating symptoms.  These patients can use tinctures (typically administered under the tongue), topical ointments such as a cannabis-infused cream, and CBD oil.
Most patients seeking medical marijuana to treat Sjogren's syndrome already know that this alternative medication greatly reduces inflammation and may slow joint damage in the long-term.

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