Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s own immune system attacks your tissues and organs. This causes inflammation and can affect different body parts including your skin, joints, brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and blood cells. The most common form of lupus is called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) which impacts multiple organs at a time. In people who suffer from lupus, the immune system confuses healthy tissue for harmful agents such as bacteria and viruses, causing chronic pain.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose, as its symptoms mimic other ailments. Many cases of lupus are diagnosed thanks to a facial rash that resembles a butterfly that unfolds across both of your cheeks. Unfortunately, there is no proven cure for lupus, but there are treatment options available that can help manage symptoms.
Lupus cases vary, and no two cases are the same. Instead of symptoms being persistent, most people experience “flares,” during which their symptoms become more severe and apparent. Then, symptoms might seemingly disappear or become dormant until the next flare.
Common signs include fatigue, fever, joint pain or stiffness, a butterfly-shaped facial rash, skin lesions that get worse with sun exposure, fingers and toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold weather or stressful situations, chest pain, dry eyes, a shortness of breath, headaches, confusion and memory loss.
Genetics and your environment are the two biggest influencing factors for developing lupus. Potential environmental triggers include exposure to sunlight that triggers an internal response, infections and certain kinds of blood pressure medications. Lupus is more common in women and it’s often diagnosed between the ages of 15-45. African Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans have a higher chance of getting lupus.
Cannabis and Lupus
One main property of cannabis is pain relief as well as inflammation, two of the main side effects of lupus. Cannabis is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat lupus, especially if the cannabis has high levels of CBD and is taken daily. Lupus sufferers may also experience nausea, which cannabis can aid. Marijuana helps activate myeloid-derived suppressor cells, which help suppress the immune system and relieve lupus-related symptoms.
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