Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune system disorder that causes dry eyes and dry mouth as the immune system attacks the glands that produce tears and saliva. Although it’s possible to live a life with minimal treatment for this condition, there is a risk of other immune disorders developing. One such condition is rheumatoid arthritis.
This form of arthritis causes extreme pain and inflammation in the joints. Although genetics and other factors may be to blame, no one knows what causes these immune system disorders. There’s also no cure for either Sjogren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The best way to live quality lives is to find effective treatments.
Medical marijuana is becoming a treatment option in many states across the U.S., and it can combat several of the symptoms associated with both Sjogren’s and RA.
Although Sjogren’s syndrome initially attacks tear and saliva glands, it’s not limited to this. It can also cause complications such as:
When a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system specifically targets joints, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and even deterioration in a patient’s:
Before choosing a medical marijuana medication, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the different strains available. Each has their own properties. Depending on the strain you need, there may be one that better treats a certain symptom more effectively than another strain.
There are three primary kinds of strains available, which are:
Depending which Sjogren’s or arthritis symptom you’re attempting to target, you may want to consider using different strains. For example, some strains will be better to take before bed, while others are good for daytime use. Here are our recommendations for strains that help combat the most common symptoms associated with both Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis — chronic pain, fatigue and inflammation.
No patient should fight chronic pain alone. It’s exhausting, debilitating and can demoralize anyone who faces it on a daily basis. These two strains are known for combatting pain and helping patients live normal lives:
If you work, have kids or don’t want to be “couch-locked,” you need a strain that will give energy. Here are two options known to add a little pep:
Especially for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation is a daily struggle. This symptom causes swelling and pain and can also lead to irreparable damage to the joints and other body parts. Some strains known for their anti-inflammatory properties include:
For specific strain information, it’s always best to speak to a medical marijuana professional who knows the specifics of your condition. They can tell you what’s available and offer strain advice. Talk to a budtender at a dispensary near you or make an appointment with a marijuana doctor today.