Overview

Lyme disease is a medical condition caused by deer ticks. These are tiny arachnids that mainly occupy grassy and woody areas. As a result of their tiny size, deer ticks are almost impossible to see. As such, it can be quite difficult to prevent yourself from contracting the disease. However, wearing boots while traversing grassy and woody areas as well as spraying yourself with insect repellant have proven useful in reducing exposure. Additionally, people can wear long-sleeved clothing to prevent ticks from gaining access to their skin. Once a deer tick bites, it disseminates the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi and borrelia mayonii. These get into your system and cause the illness. Lyme disease is primarily characterized by a bull’s eye skin rash. The rash is commonly referred to as erythema migraines. At first, a small red bump manifests on the area where the tick bit. However, this bump quickly disappears. Over the next three to thirty days, however, the rash begins to cover a large portion of your skin. For some people, Lyme disease does not come with additional symptoms. However, other symptoms typical of this condition include chills, fever, fatigue, and body ache. Headaches, vomiting, and nausea can also be observed from an individual with the disease.

In the United States, there are currently 300,000 cases of Lyme disease recorded each year. Fortunately, the condition can be treated with the administration of antibiotics. If it is not addressed in time, however, it can enter the chronic phase. This results in symptoms such as extensive inflammation and chronic joint pain. The disease’s late stages also have the potential to cause neuropathic diseases such as meningitis, impaired muscle movement and even paralysis of one side of a person’s face.

Why marijuana can be used as a potential treatment for Lyme disease

Marijuana has great anti-bacterial properties. As a result, the herb could be used as a remedy for Lyme disease. Currently, there are no direct research findings on marijuana’s effects on Lyme disease specifically. However, extensive research has been conducted on the effects of marijuana on other forms of bacteria. They have all supported marijuana’s benefits.

Both THC and cannabidiol have been found to strongly reduce the effects of streptococci and staphylococci. Other bacteria marijuana has been effective against include bacillus subtilis, staphylococcus aureus, enterococcus faecalis and aspergillus niger. Cannabis has also proven to be effective in fighting off pseudomonas aeruginosa and escherichia coli.

Apart from the possible resistance to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, marijuana can also induce relief from the symptoms associated with Lyme disease’s later stages. The major cannabinoids found in marijuana, THC and CBD, have been shown to be highly effective in relieving pain. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the nausea people living with Lyme disease experience. Notably, the smoking of cannabis has been proven to be a more effective pain-relieving method than some of the antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease. It is even more efficient than aspirin at reducing pain.

Through marijuana’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, its effects can be highly effective for the treatment of Lyme disease.

Always consult a medical practitioner before beginning treatment using medical marijuana.