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CBD FOR LUPUS: What You Thought You Knew

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If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider. The articles here are written by a Functional Medicine Holistic Nutritionist. However, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

CBD FOR LUPUS: What You Thought You Knew

Cannabis is a natural growing plant that aids not only in reducing symptoms but putting your body into homeostasis. When your body is in “balance” it will never show symptoms of a disease.

CBD for Lupus… Do we need it, what should I take, and what IS CBD?

First, let me be clear – CBD, Cannabis/Marijuana, and Hemp are NOT the same thing.

Everyone’s talking about Cannabidiol (CBD) and spreading a whole lot of misinformation. Many are using the wrong terms to describe what they have and what others should take and it is very misleading. This causes people to not feel relief or not understand it so they expect one thing and get another.

I’m going to tell you “must know” facts on CBD that you’re not going to find anywhere else.

How do I know all of these CBD facts?

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Well, besides my degree in health sciences that I use daily, I thoroughly research it, speak to professionals in the field, and use CBD and cannabis myself. Cannabis education is one of my passions!

Did you know CBD can be derived from different sources too?? Well, get into that.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural game-changer for anyone suffering from chronic inflammation, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, and even cancer. Lupus sufferers find cannabis and CBD to work a million times better than any other medication and there are no side effects that will hurt us.

It’s the best addition to treatment for anyone and everyone (animals and children included)

Must-Know CBD Terms

Cannabis: It’s known as marijuana, weed, and pot. It’s the entire plant. It can be eaten, brewed, smoked and vaporized. Its oils can also be extracted and consumed, or incorporated into topical creams. Cannabis is consumed for its psychoactive and pain-relieving properties. It is currently a Schedule 1 drug in the United States and is illegal at the federal level, but is legal for recreational and/or medical use in 33 states.

Strain: A variation of cannabis that has been bred to enhance certain characteristics and compounds.

Terpenes: Aromatic oils secreted by the cannabis plant, which give its particular strain unique flavors and scents. Over 100 types have been identified. Terpenes also interact with other cannabis compounds to produce various physical and psychoactive effects.

Endocannabinoids: Neurotransmitters produced by the body that bind to cannabinoid receptors. Endocannabinoids help to control functions like pain and inflammation and maintaining homeostasis in the body.

Cannabinoid: Chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers. These are the compounds that relieve pain, nausea, anxiety, inflammation and so forth. THC and CBD are two of the common ones we hear often. Cannabinoid’s bind to receptor sites in our brain (CB-1) and our body(CB-2). Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on the receptor they bind to.

THC: Abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the most popular compounds, or “cannabinoids,” found in cannabis. THC is the psychoactive component from the plant. It binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are responsible for pleasure and pain.

CBD: Abbreviation for cannabidiol, this is the other popular cannabinoid found in cannabis. CBD is non-psychoactive and, unlike THC which binds to cannabinoid receptors, stimulates the body’s own endocannabinoid system. This can lead to physical benefits like reducing pain and lowering inflammation.

Cannabis/Marijuana

Cannabis can be called marijuana, but it’s not exactly the same thing. Cannabis is the entire plant while marijuana is the flower of the plant. I’ll use the terms interchangeably.

Either way, it is one of the most beneficial and natural healing plants from nature. Cannabis can be made in many forms like vapes, gummies, oils, pills, topical creams, patches, and more.

It’s very complicated and contains so many different compounds that include terpenes and cannabinoids. Those compounds are used to create specific strains where each has different effects, taste, and smell.

CBD for Lupus – As it turns out, CBD is not the same thing as cannabis. But that's just part of the story. Read more to see what you've been missing out on!