Treating Lupus With Medical Cannabis – Is It Possible?

Did you know cannabis has been used to ease pain in the body for over 3500 years? It can actually be dated back to over 5000 years in the annals of ancient medicine. Back then, they used it for pain relief and to reduce inflammation. Today, it’s used for the same – with some very good results, especially for those suffering from Lupus.

As you read this, there are studies and clinical trials ongoing at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Berkeley Medical University, and Medical University of South Carolina Lupus Erythematosus studying the effect of medical cannabis on lupus. The results, so far, look promising.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease causing inflammation in the body, especially in joints, skin, kidneys, and the brain. Lupus suffers have a variety of symptoms such as chronic pain, tissue damage, swelling, and a variety of other symptoms that vary between individuals. At this time, there is no known cause of lupus, meaning they don’t know how a person contracts this painful disease.

It’s known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which makes the immune system attack healthy tissue in the body. In other words, the body’s antibodies, white blood cells, attacks healthy tissue, cells, including organs of the body. There is no known cause of lupus, nor is there a remedy to heal this condition.

Notice the word “cure” is not used since you can overcome lupus, but if you don’t keep to the same lifestyle, you’ll have a relapse of the disease, so, no cure, but remission. The medications used, of which there are several, all have an unpleasant side effect as well as an addictive component to them.

How Medical Cannabis Helps Lupus Suffers

The biggest problems with having lupus is the pain and inflammation. When cannabis in ingested, the pain and inflammation are treated. However, when the cannabis wears off, you still need to consume more to keep the pain and inflammation at bay.

That’s what cannabis is known for in the medical community. It’s a very strong pain reliever and it reduces inflammation. However, due to the THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) level, it also gives you a “high” feeling. When cannabis is smoked, swallowed, or inhale (steamed), the THC calms the pain receptors in the brain. Cannabis can also be very effective when it’s delivered as a suppository. The metabolized rate is more than 60%, where oral ingestion is about 25% of the properties of cannabis. Suppositories bypass the stomach, lungs, and digestive system, giving the user more benefits of the properties of cannabis. It also lasts longer for pain relief.

What Causes Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic pain and an inflammatory disease that affects the immune system. A normal body makes antibodies to fight bacteria and virus. Lupus thinks everything in the body is a bacteria or virus. Therefore, your antibodies attack it to render it helpless. Unfortunately, the tissue being attacked is healthy tissue. Since your body doesn’t know it’s healthy tissue, you end up with chronic pain and that causes parts of the body to become inflamed.

There are several theories of how people get lupus such as it’s in the air, which is full of chemicals, the chemical (additives) used in food, or chemicals used in household cleaners. These are just some of the theories as to how a person gets lupus.

Of course, there is also the fact that you can get lupus from medications of prescription drugs. These are considered side effects of the drug. The drugs used to treat lupus can also lead to pulmonary fibrosis, Lupus Nephritis, and Cutaneous Lupus. These are considered drug-induced lupus.

Everyone that suffers from lupus, regardless of the type of lupus, will have some joint pain or swelling. It can also turn into arthritis and you may experience “flares” of symptoms. No two people have the same identical symptoms, which is what leads many to the theory of environmental as the cause of lupus as well as some medications.

Medical Cannabis and Lupus

Symptoms of lupus or even the medication to treat lupus led a person with nausea and pain, not to mention inflammations, swelling, and at times a body that works against itself. The symptoms alone can stress a person, as well as the medications used to treat lupus.
You can suffer for many years with lupus, but keeping the symptoms at bay is normally the first thought of lupus suffers. That’s where cannabis come in handy.
Cannabis has the right properties for pain relief through the THC. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that keep most or all of the swelling down. It suppresses certain areas of the immune system. It might even help retrain the body into not attacking the healthy tissue.
Treating Lupus with Other Foods

Other ways to treat lupus, if you don’t have access to medical cannabis, is to use turmeric and ginger, which are a root and have been used for hundreds of years to reduce inflammation (swelling), which causes the pain. Today, they are still used to reduce swelling of arthritis and other painful joint problems.

  1. Eat plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, including salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel. They contain the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids. At least 3 times a week.
  2. Two freshly ground tablespoons of flaxseed as day. You can sprinkle it over cereals or salads, add it to soups, stews, or grind flaxseed into a flour and added to biscuits or breads. It gives you call the vitamin B complex the body requires. It also decreases inflammation.
  3. Eat fruits high in antioxidants to fight off free radicals and other viruses and bacteria. At least a fruit a day.
  4. Eat vegetables everyday not only for the nutrients, but vegetables contain many properties such as vitamins and minerals the body needs to function properly.
  5. STAY AWAY from polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as canola oil, corn, high fructose corn syrup, margarine, vegetable shortening, and all products made with partially hydrogenated oils.
  6. The Future of Medical Cannabis

    As the studies continue, the more medical cannabis are recognized as a therapeutic medicine. Treating lupus with medical cannabis will help soothe the pain and inflammation. Cannabis plays a role in depression, as it affects the nervous system and regulates dopamine levels. It can restore the appetite and cannabis oil (Hemp Oil) is loaded with vitamins and omega fatty acids. Both, which are necessary for the body to regulate cardiovascular diseases and blood pressure problems.

    As we wait the results of studies and clinical trials of medical cannabis, keep to a healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables with daily exercise is the best way to combat the symptoms of lupus.

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