Over the past several years, cannabis has been proven to possess many beneficial qualities when it comes to treating the symptoms of autoimmune disorders. The NCBI website lists several studies that were performed to better understand how the cannabinoids in cannabis work to not only suppress the body’s immune system but also reduce inflammation and relieve pain as well. When consumed properly, the benefits of cannabis are long-lasting and allow the patient to live a full and active life. There are several ways for cannabis to be consumed. This makes it easy for the patient to get what they need in a form they are most comfortable with.
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1. Ability to Suppress an Overactive Immune System
Cannabis has the ability to suppress specific components that overstimulate the immune system (chemokine and cytokine). In addition to apoptosis, cannabinoids also reduce proliferation and the induction of T-regulatory cells that cause the immune system to react excessively to natural occurrences in the body. With autoimmune disorders, the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues in the body due to mixed signals being sent to the brain. Because of the overstimulation of the immune system, autoimmune disorders are often characterized by intense pain and chronic inflammation in addition to many other symptoms that vary according to the particular disorder.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The cannabinoids found in cannabis and other plants also have strong anti-inflammatory properties. This has been proven time and again in trials using both humans and animals. Cannabis contains beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene is a cannabinoid that is extremely unique. It is found in a variety of plant sources, including basil and cinnamon. Beta-caryophyllene binds with the CB2-receptor, one of many that influence inflammation throughout the body. By binding with these receptors and others, the cannabinoids can gradually minimize inflammation, allowing the body to begin a slow and gradual healing process.
3. Works Within the Brain to Reduce the Effects of Neurological Disorders
Autoimmune disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, and Parkinson’s disease all have connections to the neurological system. With regular cannabis use, autoimmune disorders, as well as those that affect the nervous system, will begin to respond to treatment. Pain and inflammation will be reduced and tremors will be minimized. Many of these conditions are progressive. When cannabis is used as part of a consistent and regimented treatment plan, it can slow down the progression of the condition by suppressing the immune system and keeping the symptoms manageable.
Many people associate cannabis with the highs of marijuana. The fact is, only three of the components found in cannabis and marijuana can give a person this sense of euphoria. Cannabis alone contains over 400 components, mostly different types of cannabinoids, that work within the brain and throughout the body’s endocannabinoid system to suppress pain and inflammation. These compounds work within the brain to help keep the immune system under control, reducing the symptoms of many autoimmune disorders. This improves the quality of life and allows patients diagnosed with these disorders to live a more normal, active life.
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