Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease affecting multiple organs in the body, but primarily the lungs and lymph glands.
Abnormal masses called "granulomas", consisting of inflamed tissue, form in these areas and impact both the structure and functionality of the affected organs.
Doctors are as yet unsure what causes this disease, but it has been regarded as both an autoimmune disease and a hereditary condition. No cure has been found.
Sarcoidosis manifests in sufferers in multiple ways, but commonly starts with a dry cough, exhaustion and shortness of breath.
Other symptoms can include tender reddish patches on the skin, a hoarse voice, blurred vision, and discomfort in the hands, feet - or really anywhere else in the bones. It can cause an enlarged liver, as well as sensitivity, swelling and pain in the joints and lymph glands.
In addition to this, sarcoidosis can also impact a great deal many other organs and areas in the body, including the spleen, the nervous system, muscles and kidneys.
So - how can CBD help?
Traditionally sarcoidosis has been treated with steroids and immunosuppressant drugs. However, CBD has been considered an effective supplementary treatment for not only the condition itself, but also the multiple side effects that such severe medications can cause.
CBD can help in various ways, most significantly due to its power as an anti-inflammatory (see our blog on CBD for Inflammation) and analgesic (read more about CBD for Chronic Pain). Patients suffering from the condition experience extreme pain and inflammation in their bodies, particularly in their joints and lymph nodes.
CBD binds to CB2 receptors in hyperactive immune cells, and in so doing triggers something called "caspase", which is an anti-inflammatory protein. When activated, caspase kills off these overly active cells and reduces the inflammation they would usually cause.
CBD is also helpful in that it protects the immune system from viruses and infections, with research showing that CBD can help to reduce viral loads and stimulate development of the T-cells that are essential for building immunity as they detect and eliminate pathogens.
Sarcoidosis sufferers experiencing kidney damage will also be assisted by CBD's properties as an antioxidant, with it improving functionality, helping to repair damage and reducing the inflammation that is caused by the oxidative stress of such a condition.
Finally, CBD can help with the impact that living with a disease like sarcoidosis can trigger. Anxiety, stress and depression (see our blog on CBD for Anxiety and on CBD for Depression) are prevalent amongst patients of chronic pain conditions like these, and with CBD's ability to naturally enhance mood and reduce stress responses in the body, it can be a highly effective aid for holistic treatment.