Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Although Sjogren’s syndrome is characterized by its two key symptoms — dry eyes and dry mouth — this immune system disorder can be accompanied by other autoimmune conditions, such as lupus. When a patient has to combat the side effects of both Sjogren’s syndrome and lupus, treatments may be more difficult to find. They will need to find medications that tackle a variety of symptoms and boost their immune system.
Medical cannabis is used to combat the symptoms of many autoimmune disorders, including both Sjogren’s and lupus. But, which strains will give you the most benefits?
Both Sjogren’s syndrome and lupus are immune system disorders, which are conditions where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissues. Although Sjogren’s primarily affects the glands that produce tears and saliva, causing dry mouths and eyes, it can also cause other side effects, like:
If a Sjogren’s patient develops lupus, they can expect other mild or severe symptoms, including:
Each cannabis strain is specifically cultivated to have different effects. When a patient is searching for medical marijuana treatments, they should familiarize themselves with the three primary types of strains, so they can choose one that will meet their needs effectively. They are:
Although medical marijuana can treat several symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome and lupus, the three best targeted by medical marijuana are fatigue, inflammation and chronic pain — here are some of the best strains for each of them.
Chronic fatigue can be a crippling symptom. It zaps your strength and makes you unable to do the things you love. It can even impact your social and professional lives detrimentally. If you’re looking for a strain that will provide an added boost of energy, here are some appropriate options:
Not only can inflammation lead to additional bodily damage if left untreated, but it can also cause extreme pain. Here are some strains known to combat inflammation:
Chronic pain is challenging to live with. Medical marijuana is a known analgesic with significant pain-relieving properties. Strains known for treating pain include:
When making decisions about which strain to use, it’s best to involve a professional well-versed in the effects of medical marijuana. Use our database to make an appointment at a local dispensary to speak to a budtender. Your doctor will also provide you with invaluable information and advice. Search our listings to speak to a marijuana doctor today.