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Medical Marijuana and Lupus

What Is Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when a patient’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Any inflammation caused by this particular medical condition can affect many different body systems such as those including a patient’s joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

While Lupus can be a difficult condition to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments, the most distinctive sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks. Typically, this occurs in many patients but not all cases of lupus patients. Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While currently there is no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.

Medical Marijuana and Lupus

As an alternative medicine, medicinal cannabis is considered an ideal medication to help Lupus patients cope with the many symptoms of the disorder such as immense nausea and debilitating pain. While medical marijuana is primarily known to be an anti-inflammatory, this alternative remedy can successfully suppress certain parts of the immune system.

Patients who have used medical marijuana to treat Lupus have significantly improved with no noticeable side-effects. Most appropriate methods of using this alternative medication would be to try vaporizing an Indica strain at night to help with sleep, and a topical cream during the day to treat joint 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. 

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