Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that triggers the immune system to fail and it goes after healthy cells and tissues and can damage many different parts of the body.

What Induces The Ailment?

The disease mostly affects women, although, anyone can get the malady. However, the ailment is said to be more common in women of Asian, Hispanic, African-American, and Native American parentage than in women of Caucasian descent.

Researchers suggest our genes play a vital role in determining who gets the disease, yet, the actual cause is still unknown. It’s been reported that scientists believe many different factors can induce lupus.

Different Types Of The Disease

Unfortunately, there are several different types of lupus, with the most common type being systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects many parts of the body.

The other types of lupus include:

      • Discoid lupus erythematosus – causes an epidermis rash that will not go away
      • Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus – causes skin irritations on parts of the body exposed to sunlight
      • Drug-induced lupus – can be induced by medications
      • Neonatal lupus – an isolated type of lupus that affects newborns

Lupus and Its Symptoms

The symptoms associated with lupus are said to differ, however, the most common signs that you may have the disease are:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fever for unknown reasons
  • Inflamed and painful joints
  • Loss of hair
  • Purple or pale toes and/or fingers
  • Swollen glands
  • Sensitive to sunlight
  • Pain in chest when taking deep breaths
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Mouth ulcers

Cannabis As A Medicine

Cannabis has shown to be a promising anti-inflammatory drug through both anecdotal and scientific evidence. Inflammation and pain are two of the prime symptoms associated with lupus, which makes cannabis an ideal alternative to prescription medications that often involve negative side effects.

Cannabis could possibly be utilized by state-registered medical cannabis patients suffering from lupus in many different ways, which include, but are surely not limited to:

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Katy has a long history as a journalist for the cannabis industry. She has witnessed reform in the laws regarding cannabis that motivates her to continue fighting for the rights of all those that live in a state where it's still illegal. Katy prefers Sativa when she tokes. Some of her favorite strains are Pandora's Box and Blue Dream.