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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Terpenes Series: Myrcene and Limonene

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Myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis, with some cannabis strains containing up to 60% of its essential oils. You can recognize strains high in myrcene by smelling earthy, musky, and herbal aromas similar to cloves. Myrcene is known for its sedative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antimutagenic effects. The terpene also lowers resistance across the blood to brain barrier, reduces the time it takes for cannabinoids like THC to take effect, and increases the saturation level of CB1 receptors. One study found myrcene may prevent peptic ulcer disease by inhibiting gastric and duodoenal ulcers. It may also help with the symptoms of insomnia and pain because of its sedative and analgesic effects.

Another terpene, limonene, is known for its citrusy smells and ability to uplift mood and attitude. The terpene is best absorbed into the blood stream when inhaled. The terpene works synergistically to help absorb other terpenes. It also acts as an antifungal agent and promotes weight loss. Limonene is also undergoing investigation as a potential treatment option for breast cancer when administered orally. The terpene has low toxicity and only rarely exhibits adverse effects. 

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