May is Lupus Awareness Month and people all around the country are rallying, canvassing, and encouraging conversation. An autoimmune disorder, lupus can attack the kidneys, brain, nervous system, and even cause coronary artery disease. Cases range from mid to life-threatening, and there is no way to predict who will get it. Some who get it even develop terminal illness such as cancer. Ninety percent of lupus patients are women, and of those women the majority are women of color. When one has lupus, this can come along with several prescription medications that also compromise quality of health. Unfortunately, there is no cure currently for lupus, although it can be treated, and one of the best treatments is cannabis.
Amber and SunshinePain and inflammation are commonplace for lupus patients. Day in and day out they may have trouble with joints, muscles, even organs. So for many, the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties in cannabis provide much needed relief. A New Jersey based mother said that she had been in “too much pain to put on her pants” when describing her state of health while facing lupus.
DOPE Magazine spoke with Amber Senter, a lupus patient and educator, cannabis as medicine advocate, and business owner. Senter works with the Lupus Foundation spreading awareness, fundraising and educating the public about lupus and by extension its treatment options through cannabis.