CBD for Lupus? Is it effective? Is it safe?

CBD for Lupus: Look here for the best advice

Medical Marijuana (Cannabis, Cannabinoids, THC, CBD for Lupus)?

 

Should patients use CBD for lupus? With the increasing popularity and availability of cannabis and CBD, many lupus patients are asking, “How about CBD for lupus?” This blog post goes over the latest information regarding the research, use, dosing, effectiveness, and potential side effects of CBD, medical marijuana, and medical cannabis for lupus. This information will also be useful for the healthcare provider considering whether their patients should prescribe these products or not. Read on to learn more.

Marijuana (cannabis) and its active components (THC and CBD) has become more popular for medical treatments. As of this writing (April 2021), 42 states in the US allow the use of medical marijuana, and 11 states (and the District of Columbia) have fully legalized its use recreationally. Many of my patients ask about using it, so I think it is important to go over some important information about it.

My goal is to present the facts based on scientific evidence without bias.

Cannabinoids are the active compounds of the cannabis plant. There are over 140 different cannabis-derived cannabinoids known, and each acts differently in the body. The 2 most studied and well-known are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid responsible for the “high,” intoxicating effects with recreational users. CBD does not make people “high.”

 

NOTE: Make sure to read and follow my Lupus Secrets in order to live a Longer and Better Life with Lupus: These are practical, useful tips.

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Melatonin For Lupus May be Good Per the Best Medical Evidence [NEW!]

Melatonin For Lupus: What does the Research Show?

 

Melatonin for lupus being produced by the pineal gland in lupus
Melatonin is produced by the brain when it starts to get dark. Melatonin for lupus– could it be a good, safe sleep aid? … Photo from Wikipedia “Melatonin” by Srruhh

 

 

(Updated August 2021)

Why do people think that melatonin for lupus patients is unsafe?

Many people think that melatonin for lupus and other autoimmune diseases is unsafe. I believe it is due to there being outdated websites and patient education pages that state this. For example, it even occurs on highly-acclaimed sites such as the Mayo Clinic.

However, how can the Mayo Clinic be wrong?
Without a doubt: many excellent websites produced their patient education pages a long time ago.
In addition, there are not enough staff to check and update them on a regular basis.
Certainly the doctors are way too busy to do this: they are taking care of patients and doing research.

 

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Vitamins For Lupus: Avoid some is the best advice

Not All Supplements and Vitamins for Lupus Patients are Safe

Vitamins for lupus patients: “Ask Dr. T!” question of the week

For example: do not take Echinacea

Don Thomas, MD answers question about lupus and immune boosting supplements like Echinacea

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​It is important to remember that lupus is a problem where the immune system is already over active. The last thing you want to do is “boost” it more!
Dr. Thomas says, “You are very smart for avoiding products that state they “boost the immune system.” This is not what want. It is already “boosted” in lupus. We want to normalize the immune system by calming it down. Echinacea as you mention can flare lupus, so I am glad you are avoiding it. There are absolutely no products (vitamins etc) that have been proven to prevent colds and flus, and believe me, over the past few decades, many studies have been done. The only thing that comes any where close to possibly help are zinc supplements, and these are safe to use. However, avoid the nasal spray form. It can cause loss of smell.”
produced by Kelli Roseta’s “More Than Lupus
The mission of the More Than Lupus Foundation is to provide programs and support for those living with lupus, advocate for their needs, and collaborate with other government and lupus organizations to strive toward improving quality of life, and ultimately finding a cure.


Author

Don Thomas, MD author of “The Lupus Encyclopedia” and “​The Lupus Secrets

References: Under chapter 38