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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Terpene Series: Pinene, Geraniol and Humulene

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Photo Credit: The Leaf Online

Pinene is recognized by its smells of pine and fir, and can be found in the oils of balsamic resin, pine woods, and some citrus fruits. Pinene is a principal monoterpene, important physiologically in both plants and animals, and reacting with other chemicals to form other terpenes and compounds. Medicinally, pinene serves as an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, bronchodilator, and local antiseptic. The compound is also believed to lessen the effects of THC. 

Another terpene, geraniol, produces sweet and floral smells, and the terpene may be affective agains mosquitos. Geraniol may also be a beneficial component in the treatment of neuropathy. The last terpene we will discuss is Humulene, an isomer of beta-caryophyllene. Humulene is known for its "hoppy" aroma, and as can be guessed, is also found in hops. The terpene is thought of to be anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anorectic. Combining the terpene with with beta-caryophyllene enhances its anti-inflammatory effects.

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