By the time most individuals notice Lyme disease symptoms, it is usually too late for a prompt solution. During this stage, antibiotics are barely able to completely get rid of the culprit bacteria. The result is that most practitioners will prescribe long-term antibiotic treatments in order to keep the condition at bay.
CBD not only has the potential to treat Lyme disease, but there’s potential that it can even boost the effects of other broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat the infection. This is why your doctor needs to know if you are taking CBD, or plan too. They need to determine conflicts, because CBD does something to your body, and researches are still trying to prove exactly what it is doing.
The problem is that using antibiotics for an extended period can be detrimental to your health. One of the many reasons to avoid this form of treatment is the risk of killing gut flora or good bacteria.
Common Form of Treatment for Lyme Disease
Rest is vital for muscle regeneration and healing. Restless nights mean that you’ll have a harder time recovering from the condition. Fortunately, cannabidiol is an excellent addition to your rest and sleep routine without too much effort. Studies have shown that CBD may have an effect on sleeping hormones. For this reason, it is advisable to watch your dosage if you don’t want to become drowsy during the day.
One of the most impressive properties of CBD is that it can provide peace of mind. Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp can change the way our brains perceive pain.
The good bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract are usually collateral damage in the antibiotic treatment of the condition. The gut is central to your immune health, so upsetting this balance could end up severely damaging your natural immunity and making you susceptible to an array of diseases and infections.
Ticks are usually found in bushy, tall grass, heavily wooded places, and on animals. So whenever you’re in these places or come into contact with pets, it is imperative to check for ticks afterward. Also, be careful when removing these critters. They hold on tight, and you may end up leaving the head when ripping them out. This can still lead to an infection.
Because of its close relationship with marijuana, there’s a lot of stigma surrounding CBD. It’s often mistaken for THC, the cannabinoid (compound found in the cannabis family) that gets you high. There are over 100+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant species – THC gets you high, CBD does not. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant.
CBD can also help you sleep. It increases the availability of serotonin which has soothing, anti-anxiety effects. It also helps lower inflammation which promotes sounder sleep. CBD can act as an alternative natural method to help you fall asleep and stay asleep, helping you get the rest you need. Sleep is so crucial to a healthy mind and body
However, although CBD doesn’t get you high, it does affect your brain. Research shows CBD interacts with receptors found in the central nervous system. This is why CBD can be used to help anxiety, PTSD, depression and many other neurological/mental health disorders.
Finally, a diagnosis
In 2016, I visited a friend in California and came across cannabidiol—generally referred to as CBD. (CBD is a chemical component of Cannabis sativa, which also includes the marijuana plant.) Desperate to alleviate my pain, I decided to try it out. The first time I tried CBD, I felt relief. My muscle and joint pain subsided. I did not wake up in the middle of the night to slather cream all over. A whole new chapter began, as I finally found a natural remedy to help me cope with agonizing Lyme disease symptoms.
After initial antibiotic treatment, symptoms persisted. I was then misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia and again handed pharmaceuticals. Diagnosed with Lyme once again by a specialist, I was given more pharmaceuticals. After rounds of antibiotics and enduring their never-ending list of side effects, I decided to stop using them.
CBD possesses an antibacterial effect, can reduce headache and nausea, strengthens the immune system, decreases pain caused by peripheral neuropathy, provides anticonvulsant properties and controls nerve episodes, anxiety, and depression. These are many symptoms exhibited by those suffering from Lyme disease. It is best to discuss a CBD regimen with your healthcare provider to determine the best method of treatment.
One question I get a lot is whether or not it’s legal. CBD is federally legal as long as there is less than .03% THC. While it is federally legal, states have different laws and restrictions on CBD. In some states, CBD is illegal. In others, you can buy it with a prescription. In some others, you can walk into a store and purchase CBD legally right then and there. Click here to find out the laws in your state.
“The leading cause of death among Lyme patients is suicide.” – Dr. E Murakami Centre for Lyme Research in Canada
Lyme disease is not only difficult to diagnose, it is also difficult to treat. 36% of the patients relapse after taking a month-long antibiotic treatment that often have devastating side effects. Yet, the internet brings us an increasing amount of success stories of people that used CBD for Lyme disease. So, what’s the science behind it?
Treating Lyme Disease with CBD
The clinical trial showed a significant impact on pain, insomnia, and fatigue. Besides that, the study showed that long-term use of THC/CBD spray was generally well tolerated. They found no evidence of a loss of efficiency for the relief of cancer-related pain with long-term use.
The biggest problem, which is especially relevant with diagnosing Lyme, is that people often don’t even know that they have been bitten by a tick, let alone that they are infected with Lyme disease.
Also, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, lists a few cannabis benefits in his article on “Why I changed my mind on weed”.