Can Cannabis Treat Lyme Disease?

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Photo Credit: High Times Magazine

Lyme disease develops out of a tick bite, and infects the body with an intractable bacteria. The disease can cause headaches, fever, fatigue, rashes, joint and nerve damage, and damage to the circulatory systems. It can also impact mental health. Because medical cannabis is known to act as an antiseptic and antibiotic, there are questions as to whether or not medical marijuana could be used to treat Lyme disease. There is little research on marijuana for Lyme disease, but one study from 2008 which was published in the Journal of Natural Products found cannabinoids were effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA, and researchers attested to the plant’s “powerful antibacterial agents.” Cannabis may also have the ability to treat the symptoms associated with the condition.

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MMJ for Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused caused by deer ticks, and the disease produces a skin rash called erythema migrains, fever, chills, body aches, headache, fatigue, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Lyme disease requires antibiotics, but if it's left untreated it can result in severe chronic joint pain, inflammation, and potentially neurological problems like meningitis, paralysis in the face, limb numbness, and impaired muscle movement.

Research suggests cannabis' antibacterial properties can help those affected by Lyme disease, and it's various properties can also help manage the symptoms associated with the disease. While research on the specific bacteria that causes Lyme disease is lacking, cannabinoids like THC and CBD are effective in reducing the activity of numerous other bacterias. Cannabis may also help relieve the symptoms of later stage Lyme disease. CBD and THC relieve pain, produce anti-inflammatory effects, and have anti-nausea properties. They can even relieve treatment-resistant pain, and their interaction with the endocannabinoid system regulates the immune system and suppresses inflammatory responses.

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