Can Cannabis Help With Auto-Immune Disorders?

The ways cannabis can be used for auto immune disorders

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The video above contains testimonies of various people you either suffer from an autoimmune condition/disease or know of someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease such as Crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and/or joint inflammation.

Auto-Immune Disorders is identified as a condition(s) where the immune system starts to attack the body mistakenly. As a result of this, the immune system ends up damaging and attacking tissues. Auto-Immune Disorders are likely to mistake parts of the body such as the skin and joints and therefore attacks healthy cells by releasing proteins known as autoantibodies.

There are roughly 80 different variations and types of autoimmune disorders/disease. Here are the top 9 most common auto-immune diseases

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Addison’s disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome

Can Medical Cannabis Help Treat Auto-Immune Disorders?

Cannabis is a plant that has had a lot of stigma surrounding it due to users becoming high due to the psychoactive effects which stem from a chemical compound known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While THC is known for making users high there are other forms of medical cannabis where a low amount of THC is present which won’t make users experience the euphoria effect. Cannabidiol (CBD), or CBD oil is a form of cannabis treatment which has very low amounts of THC and is legal across most of the globe.

Recently the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa) has been seen to hold many therapeutic benefits and as a result, it is now the most used illicit drug in the United States. So much so that studies on the plant are currently being conducted to see whether cannabis can be used to treat a range of medical conditions, including auto-immune disorders and disease.

Through research, experts have found that one of the main chemical compounds from the cannabis plant known as THC can change molecules of epigenome which are known as histones, which in turn, can prevent the development of inflammation and suppress the body’s immune functions.

All in all, the studies on cannabis as a potential treatment for autoimmune disease are turning out to be promising. Medical cannabis might be able to treat many medical conditions where chronic inflammation plays a significant role.

If you wish to use medical cannabis as a form of treatment for autoimmune conditions, it’s important to seek medical advice before doing so.

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