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Why Lupus Sufferers Should Consider CBD

Approximately 5 million people are affected by Lupus ranging from mild to life-threatening it is a long-term autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms during flare ups include inflammation, damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs, fatigue, loss of appetite, swelling around the eyes, lymph nodes, glands and in joints and muscles, fever, headaches and hair loss. An estimated 16,00 new cases of lupus are reported each year it is not like or related to cancer, it is not like or related to HIV, it is not contagious only in rare cases, women with lupus may give birth to children who develop a form of lupus called neonatal lupus. Reducing inflammation is crucial for patients with lupus the inflammation can cause buildup of scar tissue in vital organs eventually leading to their deterioration and malfunction. Research suggests that properties of CBD are believed to minimize symptoms of the lupus disease. Lupus is known to cause an epidemic of pain studies have shown CBD oil as effective against pain and inflammation. CBD's painkiller effects are mediated on the cellular level. CBD modulates the activity of two G-protein coupled receptors, cannabinoid type 1 (CBD1) and cannabinoid type 2 (CBD2). As a CB1 receptor antagonist, CBD downregulates the protein’s activity in the hippocampus a region of the brain involved in pain perception and other functions. This dampens the level of pain a patient may experience. Interactions between CBD and the CBD1 receptor may also prevent the release of a neurotransmitter called glutamate that has a role in a variety of pain-related processes. Through the modulation of the CBD2 protein, which is distributed primarily in immune cells, CBD can also help target inflammatory pain.

Article Contributions: lupus.org, medicalnewstoday, yalemedicine


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