When you have Sjogren’s syndrome, your mouth, eyes, and different parts of your body dry out. It makes your immune system go haywire and attack healthy cells instead of attacking bacteria or viruses. Such conditions are known as autoimmune diseases. Your white blood cells, which normally protect you from germs, attack the glands that are in charge of producing moisture, so they can’t produce tears and saliva. Research indicates that CBD-enriched extracts can help treat the symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome.
What Is Sjogren’s Syndrome?
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that is connected with dry eyes and dry mouth. The syndrome causes the mucous membranes and moisture-discharging glands of the eyes and mouth to reduce the production of tears and saliva.
Sjogren’s syndrome, which usually impacts women above the age of 40, is defined as an autoimmune disorder since the immune system erroneously attacks healthy cells and tissues. In this syndrome, the immune system attacks healthy cells in the moisture-secreting glands of the mouth and eyes. It can also target joints, lungs, nerves, skin, kidneys, thyroid and liver.
Causes Of Sjogren’s Syndrome
While the precise cause of Sjogren’s syndrome is unknown, there is increasing scientific basis for genetic (inherited) factors. The genetic background of Sjogren’s syndrome patients is a dynamic area of research. The illness is occasionally present in other family members. It is also discovered more frequently in families that have members with different autoimmune illnesses, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, type I diabetes, or autoimmune thyroid disease. Most patients with Sjogren’s syndrome are female.
Symptoms Of Sjogren’s Syndrome
The two primary symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome are:
Dry eyes – your eyes may burn, itch or seem gritty – as though there’s sand in them.
Dry mouth – your mouth might seem as if it’s full of cotton, rendering it hard to swallow or speak.
Some people with Sjogren’s syndrome also include one or more of the following:
- Swelling, joint pain, and stiffness
- Skin rashes or dry skin
- Swollen salivary glands – especially the set situated behind your jaw and in front of your ears
- Vaginal dryness
- Prolonged fatigue
- Persistent dry cough
How CBD Is Useful In Sjogren’s Syndrome
Research indicates that CBD-enriched extracts can aid heal the symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome. Topical ointments like cannabis-infused cream and CBD oil assist in lowering musculoskeletal pain.
Helps To Lower Inflammation
When the immune system responds inappropriately in the body, on account of an autoimmune disorder, it leads to inflammation and damage in the body. When the body initially notices the inflammation the immune system signals glial cells to produce cytokines. During an autoimmune disease, the cytokines go berserk and begin to multiply, and you develop a huge inflammatory response that sends your body into hysterics. CBD comes to the rescue by halting glial-cell production in its tracks, thus lessening inflammation and restoring homeostasis within the body.
Research suggests that CBD probably activates the GPR55 receptor. The activation of this receptor helps to regulate cytokines and lessen undesirable inflammation. CBD also activates the vanilloid pain receptors and restricts the breakdown of the body’s own cannabinoid Anandamide by suppressing the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH). All of this draws an anti-inflammatory effect.
Acts As A Natural Analgesic
CBD offers relief to chronic, neuropathic as well as nociceptive pain as it interacts with different receptors and ion channels within the endocannabinoid system. As, for instance, CBD joins to TRPV1 receptors that function as ion channels and is known for mediating pain sensitivity, inflammation and body temperature.
By relaxing stiff and tense muscles CBD renders mobility easier for people affected by Sjogren’s syndrome or joint inflammations.
Helps To Heal Dry Eyes
The primary cause of dry eyes is a dysfunction of the meibomian gland. The meibomian gland is situated behind the eyelashes on both the top and lower eyelids. The fatty substance they form slows the evaporation of the tears. This absence of oil production leads to insufficient tear production with the clinical symptoms of dry eyes. CBD applied topically can aid restore the function of the meibomian gland and lessen dry eyes.
Another reason for dry eyes is corneal neuralgia – also treated by CBD. In corneal neuralgia, the corneal nerves become dysfunctional and discharge pain signals to the brain that are out of proportion to the physical insult, if indeed there is any injury at all. The brain feels the sensation called ‘dry eyes’. CBD applied topically removes the neuralgia of the pain felt from dry eyes.
The phytocannabinoid CBD helps in a myriad of medical conditions due to its therapeutic properties and can assist with the symptoms of dry eyes, dry mouth and the pain and inflammation associated with Sjogren’s syndrome. Like in other medical conditions it is equally useful in treating autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome by regulating the immune response and thereby controlling pain and inflammation. Immunosuppressive, neuroprotectant and antioxidant are its proven properties that can be beneficial in treating autoimmune conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Sjogren’s syndrome.