The black tick is on the move and the researchers are still finding a possible cure for the disease.
Lyme disease is a potentially fatal, infectious disease that is caused by the virus Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected tick. To infect its host, a tick has to be present on the skin for at least 36 hours.
Initial signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are usually very mild and may include:
-A rash resembling a bull’s eye
Ideally, this disease must be treated in the early stages via prescribed antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefuroxime, and amoxicillin.
If left untreated, more severe symptoms may occur like chronic joint pains or meningitis at worst and can last from months to years.
CANNABIS AS A TREATMENT OPTION FOR LYME DISEASE:
According to the CDC treatment protocol, a 30-day plan of oral antibiotics is the standard treatment. Although there is no evidence that this method will cure the disease.
About 40% of the patients receiving antibiotics had a relapse of Lyme disease in some part of their lives.
Some medical experts and researchers believe that they have found a potential cure for Lyme disease and many other illnesses with non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD) paste.
According to Dr. Ernie Murakami, who is the founder of a Lyme Research Centre in Canada, CBD-rich cannabis can help treat chronic infections resistant to the standard antibiotics. He believes that there is a strong antibiotic effect associated with cannabidiol.
According to a research article on LymeDisease.org, Dr. Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, both indica and Sativa strains of cannabis can help Lyme disease. It is also well regarded for its anti-convulsant and anti-inflammatory.
How does it work?
Cannabis has 483 phytocannabinoids, that can affect many body processes such as sleep, appetite, and mood. It contains the psychoactive components (like THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, etc.) as well as the non-psychoactive components (like cannabidiols, or CBDs).
THC can make you high, giddy, or euphoric while cannabidiol is scientifically known for some amazing health benefits.
Cannabidiol is just one of the 113 cannabinoid compounds that can be isolated from cannabis. It modulates CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body, which modulates immune and nervous system function. They are potent anti-inflammatory agents, regulate neurotransmitters, and are neuroprotective.
In the case of Lyme Disease, it decreases neuropathic and inflammatory pain by decreasing the cytokine storm. It also acts on 5-HT1A receptor and modulates the serotonin system, thus it decreases the anxiety associated with intense pain.
While we are not suggesting you to treat this chronic disease by simply smoking some weed, but there is some evidence that it significantly helps with the often-debilitating symptoms associated with Lyme Disease. Why not give it a try!