Autoimmune disease is the culprit responsible for several chronic illnesses like type 1 diabetes, crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease and fibromyalgia. If you or any of your loved ones are battling with an autoimmune disorder, then you are probably familiar with the typical inflammation-reducing drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS administered to sufferers of this disease. Medications of this sort only calm down the overactive immune system and leave in its wake a plethora of unpleasant side effects.
This is why CBD is gaining momentum as an alternative medicine for treating the ever growing cases of autoimmune diseases. However, before we delve into how cannabis combats autoimmune disorders, let’s find out how autoimmune diseases occur in the first place.
What causes autoimmune disease?
Normally, a healthy immune system guards the body against germs and viruses by destroying bad cells. When the immune system mistakes good, healthy cells for bad, foreign cells and attacks them, autoimmune disease occurs. This disease can target different areas of the body. When it attacks the joints, rheumatoid arthritis manifests itself. In multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the nerve cells and in lupus, the target is mostly the blood cells and the lungs.
So what exactly gets the immune system confused? Why do they suddenly turn against the body they are meant to protect? Lack of exposure to viruses and bacteria has been touted to be a possible cause. Proponents of this theory suggest that autoimmune disease is dramatically rising in the developed world because the immune system gets confused when it can’t find its normal targets: viruses and bacteria. This makes the immune system to trigger an abnormal inflammatory response that destroys cells linked to certain issues.
How does CBD help treat autoimmune disease?
CBD contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When taken, it has been known to combat inflammation by interacting with the CB2 receptors in the body. These receptors are responsible for modulating the immune system and if your immune response is too active, CBD slows it down. CBD could also increase the activity of an insufficient immune response. So you can view CBD as an immunomodulator.
Don’t worry, lay your fears about the psychoactive capabilities of this plant to rest. What gets you “high” when you take hemp or cannabis is cannabinoid THC and for medical purposes, there is minimal THC found in the plant. CBD alone won’t alter your mind; it instead, could stabilize your physiological processes and restore balance to the body systems.
And what’s more? Real life evidences like the case of Cleo Bella shows how CBD provides great and fast relief to sufferers of autoimmune diseases without the unpleasant downsides of conventional medicine. Cleo was diagnosed with polyarticular rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 11. The pain of this illness left her almost paralysed and she found it very difficult to write or draw with her swollen and painful fingers.
When her mother failed to witness substantial improvements after placing Cleo on a special diet, she turned to CBD. According to her mother, not only did the swelling on Cleo’s fingers and knees decrease; she regained appetite and started gaining weight. All these positive changes took place in Cleo just after two weeks of taking CBD.
So does CBD really work? Millions say yes! However, it is still advisable for you to consult with your health practitioner before changing any current regiment you are on.