Best Strains of Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Sjogren’s Syndrome-Related Lupus

Updated on January 30, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Best Strains of Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Sjogren's Syndrome-Related Lupus

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?

Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome and Lupus

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:

  • Joint stiffness, swelling or pain
  • Skin rashes or dry skin
  • Fatigue

If a Sjogren’s patient develops lupus, they can expect other mild or severe symptoms, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation of the joints or extremities
  • And more

What You Should Know About Marijuana Strains

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:

  • Sativa: Sativa strains are known for their energizing and uplifting characteristics. They usually have a high concentration of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana.
  • Indica: Indicas, on the other hand, are known as the “sleepy time” strains. They generally have more CBD, one of the cannabinoids that gives marijuana its medicinal benefits without the psychotropic side effects. Because of indica strains’ sedative side effects, they are typically used as a sleep aid.
  • Hybrids: Hybrids are cross-bred plants that take the various aspects from both sativa and indica strains.

Choosing the Right Strain

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.

  1. Best Strains for Fatigue

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:

  • Jillybean (Hybrid): Not only does this strain provide a happy, energetic focus, but the citrus smell offers additional aromatic benefits.
  • Harlequin (Sativa): With elevated levels of THC, this strain keeps you up and is perfect for daytime use.
  1. Best Strains for Inflammation

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:

  • ACDC (Sativa): With a high THC content, it provides anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects while also keeping you awake.
  • Cannatonic (Hybrid): It has incredible pain-relieving properties but gives a smooth mellow perfect for bedtime use.
  1. Best Strains for Pain

Chronic pain is challenging to live with. Medical marijuana is a known analgesic with significant pain-relieving properties. Strains known for treating pain include:

  • Afghan Kush (Indica): As one of the purest Indica strains, it makes a good medication for nighttime pain relief.
  • Jack Herer (Hybrid): This hybrid leans more towards the sativa side, so it provides both pain-relief and energy.

Make an Appointment With a Marijuana Doctor Today

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