A Look at Lupus
With 16,000 Americans developing Lupus each year, there is no better time for CBD than now. Lupus is highly unpredictable, with a long list of debilitating symptoms, from muscle and joint pain, hair loss, and even seizures. Lupus presents real struggles for real people. And unfortunately, Lupus symptoms can be sporadic, making them difficult to treat and diagnose. Symptoms may come and go or new ones may develop over time. With no current cure, many must rely on a concoction of various prescription drugs in order to gain the relief they need. This often leads people to choose CBD as a way to alleviate their symptoms in a more natural way. Of all of the symptoms that Lupus produces, there is one where CBD’s magic shines. That is inflammation.
Inflammation is the Enemy
Lupus is defined by the immune system recognizing and attacking itself. The immune system becomes hyperactive, attacking otherwise healthy tissue and organs. Also known as, “Friendly Fire,” this phenomenon is ripe with inflammatory struggles. Daily inflammation can leave one feeling fatigued, often inhibiting the most normal activities. Everything from cooking a meal to stretching becomes difficult. Inflammation is often the first and most frequent symptom people mention when treated for Lupus. Those with Lupus must deal with daily symptoms of fevers, sweats, chills, and grueling aches and pains. However, like all daily health struggles, CBD is here to help.
How does CBD relieve Inflammation?
Cannabinoids bind themselves to two receptors within the human body. These are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors exist at a high rate in many regions of the brain and in lower amounts throughout the rest of the body. Alternatively, CB2 receptors are few, being located in immune cells and within a small amount of neurons. Unlike THC, CBD binds with CB2 receptors only. Because of this, users don’t experience some of the more dissociative effects of cannabinol that can come from using THC based products. This binding process leads to the creation of proteins, whose main purpose is to reduce inflammation. Also known as resolvins, these proteins restore inflamed tissue to a state of homeostasis, allowing the user to feel less pain and move on with their day. While studies are ongoing, the evidence of CBD relieving inflammation is here. Cannabinoids are no strangers to mending pain. Whether it be your sleep, anxiety, or whatever health issue you may be experiencing, CBD can offer several avenues to relief. And when it comes to the lifelong autoimmune disease of Lupus, CBD is a perfect natural remedy.