Presently, there are more than 80 registered autoimmune disorders affecting various parts of the body.   The word autoimmune means to “attack one-self”; it occurs when the thinks healthy tissue is foreign and invades the body, producing antibodies that fight against itself.  This is known as “molecule mimicry” . If autoimmunity is in the joints, it can manifest as rheumatoid arthritis.  If it is in the thyroid, it can be Hashimoto’s or Grave’s Disease. Psoriasis is caused by autoimmunity of the skin.  

We do not know for sure what causes cells to turn on one another, but it is thought that there may be a genetic precursor , environmental factors or leaky gut that can act as triggers.  Conventional treatment may include steroids and harsh pharmaceutical drugs. It is common for diet, lifestyle change or more natural alternatives like CBD to be overlooked. This is where CBD has been shown to be a useful therapy for inflammation with none of the side effects of prescription drugs. It is helpful in bringing the immune system back to homeostasis. 

Dr. Kevin Spelman is quoted in the Journal of Integrative Clinical Medicine, stating that phytochemicals like CBD are “molecular multitaskers”.  He notes that arthritis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and depression have been named in studies to suggest that CBD is a great neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory to target these conditions.

Cannabis consultant, Sarah Russo suggests CBD and this important list of things to include in your daily routine for optimal health:

-A diet high in nutrients

-Exercise- low impact and cardiovascular

-A good night sleep

-Herbs like turmeric, ginger, nettle, cinnamon and medicinal mushrooms.

-Probiotics and Prebiotics for a healthy gut microbiome