Can CBD and Lyme Disease Be Treated With Marijuana?
The use of CBD and Lyme disease treatment is still a controversial topic in mainstream medicine. While many patients bitten by infected ticks exhibit better without any treatment, some even years after successful treatment, others develop long-lasting symptoms years after treatment. It’s possible, though unlikely, that such patients with Lyme who don’t improve may have deeper underlying issues with their immune systems, rendering any treatment ineffective. Here are some things you should know about CBD and Lyme disease.
In most cases, Lyme disease results from a bacterial infection triggered by the tick’s spirochete. These bacteria then attaches itself to the joints and other tissues surrounding the spine, causing severe damage that ultimately results in neurological and other symptoms. When CBD is introduced into the body, it acts as a natural combatant against this infection. In effect, it “self-quotes” the immune system, forcing it to release more killer T-cells to attack the infected tissues.
However, for some patients with Lyme disease, the cause of the illness is not bacterial infection but rather a reaction to some other trigger, sometimes including the introduction of antibiotics. Sometimes, it seems as if the body is able to fight off the bacteria on its own, but when the course of treatment ends, the symptoms return. This can be frustrating for conventional doctors and can lead to misdiagnoses. It also makes treatment less effective.
Some patients with Lyme disease report improvement after several days of CBD use. Patients taking high doses of CBD during flares of the disease may experience less severe attacks, even if they continue to take the medication on a regular basis. For example, CBD can help alleviate arthritic symptoms and muscle pain related to the disease. And for those with joint problems, it may provide some relief from stiffness and a build-up of fluid in the joints. So the use of CBD may be helpful in dealing with other side effects associated with Lyme disease.
Can we use CBD and Lyme disease symptoms to our advantage? The short answer is yes, of course we can. Many conventional doctors will recommend that patients do not use any form of prescription medication when dealing with complicated diseases such as arthritis. This is because the symptoms are often so intense that it is simply not possible to give enough attention to each patient to effectively treat them. Doctors are also aware that many of these conventional medications are accompanied by unpleasant side effects and potential risks.
The bottom line is that the treatment of any disease begins with a change in lifestyle, including changes in diet and medication. While these treatments will certainly give some short-term symptomatic relief, they will do nothing to treat or prevent the recurrence of the disease. In the case of Lyme disease, this is exactly what has happened. After applying to allopathic (conventional) antibiotics, the symptoms went away but then the infection was re-ignited, bringing back the very problems that had initially been addressed by the antibiotics. The best that conventional medicine can do in the case of this type of arthritis is to provide a bit of temporary relief from the symptoms.
In the case of CBD and Lyme disease, on the other hand, the symptoms go away when the body’s natural defenses – the immune system – are strong enough to fight off the infection. When this happens, the patient usually experiences a substantial improvement in their symptoms and a return to a normal lifestyle, including taking vitamin and mineral supplements, avoiding stressful situations, exercising, and resting. These measures alone may bring about the possibility of a 90% or more success rate in successfully treating the underlying cause of the infection, leaving the patient free to return to their normal daily activities.
Can CBD and Lyme disease be treated with marijuana? The answer is yes, but with a lot of care and caution. In the case of people already highly sensitive to conventional antibiotics, it is not recommended that they use marijuana. Instead, they should undergo intensive education about the risks and side effects involved with using marijuana and should receive a proper diagnosis from their health care provider before they start using this alternative therapy. If they are given an appropriate prescription, then the patient can try using cannabis under the supervision of their health care provider and receive the same benefits as those who receive Lyme disease treatment with antibiotics.