One of the basic areas on the map of all possible negative health conditions that can be experienced â€“ think of it as a region in a probability map â€“ is everything that in any way has to do with inflammation, autoimmune dysfunction, or rheumatoid conditions.
Generally speaking, this is a very highly promising region of this health condition probability map for the potential for strong results through treatment and therapy involving CBD.
As a case in point, Lupus is a condition that sits right in the center of this case map, even though there is a lot of variation in the specifics of symptomology among different individuals affected by this terrible disease.
As noted above, lupus is a rheumatoid, inflammatory, autoimmune condition that does not appear to have any obvious cause. About three quarters of 1% of all Americans are affected by this painful condition.
The symptomology centers around a facial rash covering both cheeks and crossing the bridge of the nose. The pattern defining the shape of this rash has often been described as that of a butterfly. In addition, other symptoms can commonly include pain and stiffness of the joints, high sensitivity and possible allergy to sunlight, poor circulation to the outer extremities, phasing of symptomology, and fatigue.
As is the case generally speaking with autoimmune, chronic conditions, lupus has not been found to have any obvious cause and no consensus has arisen around any truly effective treatment.
We have found some hereditary factors involved, and we have also found that it is more common in women as well as Hispanics and Africans.
Of the major genetic markers that have been attached to this condition, polymorphism has been found as a key feature implicated in all 30 genes central to genetic analysis and epidemiology. In other words, it centers on the genes that can differ among individuals of the same species.
CBD and Lupus
As noted above, anytime the autoimmune system or an inflammatory response is heavily involved in a condition, you can bet that the endocannabinoid system is going to have some interplay that can suggest the possibility that CBD can be helpful as a therapy or treatment tool.
Such is the case with lupus as well, given the important interplay between the T cells of the immune system and the potential for a dysfunctional state in the endocannabinoid system. In this case, it has been found that CBD generally raises the threshold of activation for the Th1 cells, which are the aspects of our immune system that activate in response to major health threats in the body.
In other words, these are the cells that look for something to kill â€“ our foot soldiers on the front line in any battle inside the body â€“ and sometimes their destructive instincts can hurt us. CBD can belay their marching orders.
There are a number of different studies that have shown that CBD can suppress a large number of inflammation generating genes in the human body. In fact, this one element of the CBD equation is the manner in which it has been shown to be indisputably more potent and effective than any single pharmaceutical compound developed to date.
CBD has also been shown to have important antioxidant properties that cause it to chemically degrade free radicals and other harmful molecular compounds that the bodyâ€™s immune system releases as its weaponry.
At this time, CBD has already helped many individuals find relief from autoimmune disorders such as lupus for years. However, we are only beginning to discover how this works on a systematic level, which is allowing us to find many other important applications as well.