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Medical Marijuana for Lupus

For patients with lupus, marijuana may be an alternative treatment to help ease symptoms. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s tissues are attacked by the immune system. When this happens, inflammation occurs and can affect other parts of the body, including the lungs, brain, blood cells, kidneys, skin, joints, and heart. 

The tell-tale sign that someone has lupus is usually recognized in the form of a rash on a person’s face that appears on both cheeks and looks like the wings of a butterfly. 

The other typical symptoms are not unique to lupus, so it makes diagnosing lupus fairly difficult for doctors and rheumatologists. Lupus symptoms can take on the form of fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, joint pain, fever, dry eyes, skin lesions when exposed to the sun, white or blue fingers when exposed to cold, headaches, and memory loss. 

Lupus is a common health condition that affects more than 200,000 people each year in the United States. For many of these affected individuals, their condition is chronic and lifelong. While lupus cannot be cured, there are a variety of treatment options to manage the symptoms and provide relief to those affected. Each individual patient will have varying signs and symptoms which can range from severe to mild and can come and go, flaring up from time to time. 

Medications may be prescribed by your doctor, but some patients prefer to use marijuana for lupus to treat their condition. Studies have shown that cannabis for lupus can have a therapeutic effect on the symptoms of lupus. Medical marijuana use may help ease the pain for those with lupus. Overall, with medical cannabis, lupus patients may see an improvement in the quality of their life. Medical marijuana has the ability to reduce pain and inflammation in lupus patients, slowing the progression of additional body tissues being damaged.

One of the qualifying medical conditions in the state of Illinois, a Lupus diagnosis allows patients to obtain a medical marijuana card. Lupus patients can apply for a medical marijuana card so that they can purchase medical cannabis from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary to treat the symptoms of their condition.  

**Always reach out to your doctor and ask if you can use medical cannabis for lupus as a treatment alternative. The information above should not be used in place of medical advice for patients with lupus.

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