CBD & Lupus: Seeking Comfort the Natural Way
February 7, 2020
Agriculture | Verda Hemp Brokers

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. 

After seeing the multiple benefits that a wide variety of people have enjoyed from this plant, founders Vince Williamson and Derek Shields were moved to learn more about how they could get involved. With professional experience in contracting, Vince used his resources to obtain the proper permits in the community to find local farmers, farm land, and begin the process. Derek has been growing hemp and working with CBD since 2012. While working with different strains, he found that each one, with its ratio of cannabinoids and terpenes, has it’s own unique healing properties. This is why Verda cultivates a variety of strains to benefit a wide range of symptoms. After suffering from a shoulder injury resulting in a replacement surgery, Vince made the decision to do without prescription pain medication and found that CBD was a successful replacement. He experienced a pain-free healing process during a time that was understood to be a relatively difficult recovery. Post-recovery, Vince’s continued testimony includes pain relief in several pain areas due to previous sports injuries. Both Vince and Derek are inspired to share the healing benefits, profitability, and culture of CBD/Hemp oil through Verda.

Our Mission & Vision

Ultimately, we want to help! Our mission began by educating farmers to grow a profitable and organic CBD crop. We want to empower farmers to grow this crop while bringing prosperity and income back to the agricultural communities in America and directly to the individual farmer. As we are facilitating farmers on how to make money growing the nation’s newest, most lucrative cash crop- we are focused on communication, understanding, and providing products to CBD users. Our vision is to allow farmers to produce CBD while educating the community and the country on the benefits of CBD in the production, the sale, and the usage.

Defining Hemp

Hemp is a natural compound that is compatible with the endocannabinoid system in the human brain. Hemp can provide medicinal benefits without the reverse side effects we experience through prescription drugs. Acting as a natural healer, hemp may be used to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, act as a sleep and relaxation aid, and provide relief as an anti-inflammatory.