Cannabidiol (CBD) has become popular in recent years because of its medicinal properties. CBD is found in both hemp and cannabis plants and can be extracted and used in oil form to help with a variety of ailments. Some studies suggest that CBD can be good for the treatment of chronic pain, seizures, anxiety and depression, among others.
Studies on CBD oil have been conducted since the 1940s, but it’s only recently that the supplement has been touted as an everyday cure. The change in legality surrounding hemp and cannabis use may be the reason for its upswing in the medicinal market. But can CBD be used to treat symptoms of Lyme disease? Let’s investigate.
How does CBD work?
The human body has an endocannabinoid system that helps manage different things such as feelings and emotions, inflammation and pain reception throughout the body. There are two different receptors, CB1 and CB2, both of which have their own special task to keep the body running at its most optimal level. CB1 contributes to the function of the nervous system and CB2 contributes to the immune system response. When CBD oil is ingested, it binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which can then help with the proper function of the systems it affects.
Does CBD help with Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that attacks the central nervous system. When the virus is contracted, symptoms will present themselves as flu-like for the first phase. The following phases of the disease get progressively worse, with the final phase showing symptoms of neurological problems such as cognitive strain, brain inflammation and nerve pain, heart problems such as arrhythmia and palpitations, severe headaches, paralysis of the face, and arthritis.
When fighting Lyme disease, the strength of the immune system is key to how well the body will respond to treatment. The use of CBD will not cure Lyme disease, but it does have medicinal properties that could help the body fight off the infection along with an antibiotic course along with helping the body get rid of the bacteria that caused it. The symptoms CBD could alleviate in Lyme disease patients include inflammation and neurological disorders as well as chronic pain; it may even help restore the healthy bacteria found in the gut after it is disrupted by taking antibiotics.
How much CBD oil should I take for Lyme disease?
There are a variety of ways to consume CBD oil and a plethora of different strengths and amounts, depending on the ailment. The most effective way to use CBD oil in the treatment of Lyme disease would be in edible form as a subliminal. This is because it goes directly into the body, making it easier to get into the bloodstream and thus to the receptors in the brain it affects. Smoking CBD can also help with symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, but inhaling smoke will lead to toxin release in the lungs and could damage the CB1 and CB2 receptors’ ability to be stimulated by the CBD oil.
To start treatment with CBD oil, it’s best to start low and slow. Starting at 25 mg will allow the body to adjust to the new treatment and will give the patient an idea of how well the low dose works. Some reports state that people with late-stage Lyme disease have taken up to 100 mg per day, in two to three different doses. With a higher dose per day, splitting up the amount taken for each dosage will keep the medicinal properties at their most optimal throughout the day.
If you’re wondering ‘Do I need a prescription for CBD oil?’, the answer is that it depends. Different countries and areas have different laws surrounding the use of CBD oil and other things derived from the hemp and cannabis plants. It’s best to check with a healthcare provider and become well-versed in the law before purchasing CBD oil.
Does CBD oil help with brain fog?
Brain fog is a symptom of Lyme disease that is often hard to deal with. It can lead to mental confusion, memory loss and other problems regarding the brain. CBD oil has been found to help with brain fog because of its effect on the amygdala.
The amygdala is responsible for the way the brain functions emotionally. It acts by sending sensory information through the brain to the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls the limbic system and nervous system. When Lyme disease progresses, it attacks those systems and sufferers can experience the brain fog symptoms mentioned above, along with anxiety and depression.
CBD oil acts as a regulator for the amygdala, which can help lower the stress on the brain that causes the brain fog symptoms.
Treatment plans for Lyme disease
Since there are different stages to Lyme disease, treatment plans will differ depending on the severity. In a case where the illness and symptoms are acute, the antibiotic course will help to rid the body of the bacteria and is said to alleviate the progression of the disease as well as the more severe symptoms.
When the illness reaches a severe level, a more rigorous antibiotic course will need to be taken (along with other treatments, because antibiotics tend to wreak havoc on the good bacteria in the body as well as the bad). CBD oil can aid the recovery process by helping to repair the damage done in the brain as well, as alleviating symptoms that may make it harder for the immune system to rid the body of the illness.