Today Cannabis is used nationwide for over 30 different medical ailments, including Lymes Disease. Science has found that CBD (Cannabidiol) interacts with our very own Endocannabinoid System, and helps our Endocannabinoid System use its own cannabinoids more efficiently. This system is linked to homeostatic regulation, helping the body to maintain, regulate, and return to a balanced state after injury, illness, or even high levels of stress. Within this system are two main receptors, CB1 and CB2.
CB1 and CB2 receptors are essential to the Endocannabinoid System. They are located on the surface of many different cells in the body. Both receptors are found throughout the body, however, CB1 receptors are found more within the central nervous system, as well as neurons in the brain. While CB2 receptors on the other hand, are more abundant outside of the nervous system, including cells of the immune system. Scientific studies have shown that CBD is effective for treating anxiety, headaches, arthritis, severe joint pain, nerve pain, numbness, muscle stiffness, as well as swelling and inflammation. Many Lymes Disease patients suffer from these symptoms, making most doctors and scientists believe that CBD can be a very effective treatment for Lymes.
In 2003 research was done on the neuroprotective effects of CBD. The studies found CBD as a neuroprotective substance preserves the neuronal structure and its function. Protecting from depression, anxiety, brain fog, confusion, even mini seizures and neuropathy. This could greatly benefit Lymes patients, as the treatments that kill the infection can lead to the accumulation of neurotoxins in the patients bodies.
In 2018 Dr. Daniel Kinderlehrer wrote an article titled “Can medical marijuana help treat Lyme disease? A doctor’s perspective.” In his article he states that “CBD could benefit most Lyme Disease patients. CBD itself is anti-inflammatory—it not only decreases pain, it can improve energy, cognitive function and general well being. The analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of cannabis make it extremely valuable as an adjunct to the treatment of tick-borne diseases.”
Studies on CBD for Lymes Disease are still limited. Although, what has been discovered thus far looks very promising for many patients. As CBD becomes more popular and future CBD studies come about, I have high hopes there will be more conclusive findings on treating Lymes with CBD. For now CBD is safe and effective at treating the symptoms of Lymes, and many other ailments.Tucker McCleary is the Carlisle, PA branch store manager with CBD American Shaman of PA. With Basic & Advanced Certifications in Medicinal Cannabis, Cannabis Business and Dispensary Operations.