Unfortunately, for some people, their experience of Lyme disease is not as simple as just taking antibiotics and clearing the infection.
Imagine experiencing a mystery illness for months or years — stiff joints, fatigue, fevers, headaches. This is the reality for many people with Lyme disease as well as Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). But is treatment in the form of CBD for Lyme Disease possible?
Conventional Treatment for Lyme Disease
CB1 receptors are primarily in the central nervous system and are involved in memory, emotion, pain perception, and movement.
In summary, we need more research studies on humans studying CBD for Lyme and PTLDS.
Another consideration is that the immune system is responsible for creating inflammation. Given that CBD stimulates CB2 receptors which in turn decreases inflammation, CBD may have a place in reducing inflammation and the associated symptoms in PTLDS.
Lyme disease is caused by bacterial infection, so it stands to reason the best way to treat it would be with antibiotics , right?
It’s actually not the tick bite itself that causes Lyme Disease, but a particular bacteria which tics are prone to hosting.
Widespread inflammation is one of the main symptoms of lyme disease in dogs. Inflammation can occur in the brain, muscles, cardiovascular system, but the most prominent site for this symptom is in the joints. Inflammation of the joints often causes pain and mobility problems that can be quite debilitating for our pets.
The various cannabinoids found in full-spectrum hemp extract are known for the i r powerful anti-inflammatory properties . CBD for joint pain is a common remedy because of its ability to modulate our pets immune response and reduce inflammation.
You will often see animals who are suffering from lyme disease showing extreme exhaustion. They are slow moving, droopy and don’t have much energy to get around. Undoubtedly this is because of all the combination of different symptoms that are painful and uncomfortable, but also because of the way lyme robs our pets of sleep.
“ When applied in combination with a range of antibiotics, CBD increased antibacterial effects of selected antibiotics, depending on bacteria type. CBD, in combination with specific antibiotics, may thus possibly be used as an adjuvant to selectively target bacteria to sensitize them to antibiotic treatment and reduce antibiotic resistance.”
The good bacteria found in our pets’ GI tract is often collateral damage in the antibiotic treatment of the Lyme disease. As we know, the gut is central to our pets’ immune health. By upsetting this balance of good bacteria, we could end up seriously damaging our pets natural immunity and making them vulnerable to a whole host of infections and diseases.
We all know how important rest is for the healing process. These restless nights mean our animals have a harder time recuperating from illness and infection.
Luckily, CBD is a great way to help our pets come to a place of rest and stay asleep. On our rescue, Fire Flake Farm, we see all sorts of dogs with different health conditions and levels of stress. When dogs arrive at our door they are often stressed out and showing obvious signs of illness. One of the best ways we can support them is by giving them the gift of a good night’s sleep.
Nausea can be a chronic issue for people carrying the Borrelia bacteria. This can lead to dizziness and vomiting. One of the most common uses for CBD is for the side effects of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Specifically, it is used for the commonly reported experience of nausea due to these drugs.
Although less common than the aforementioned symptoms, individuals who have been infected with Lyme disease may experience occasional seizures. CBD for seizures is one of the most dramatic and researched therapeutic benefits of the cannabinoid. Experts are starting to recommend using cannabidiol for seizures both at the occurrence of an episode as well as a preventative measure.
CBD not only has the potential to treat Lyme disease, but there’s potential that it can even boost the effects of other broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat the infection. This is why your doctor needs to know if you are taking CBD, or plan too. They need to determine conflicts, because CBD does something to your body, and researches are still trying to prove exactly what it is doing.
By the time most individuals notice Lyme disease symptoms, it is usually too late for a prompt solution. During this stage, antibiotics are barely able to completely get rid of the culprit bacteria. The result is that most practitioners will prescribe long-term antibiotic treatments in order to keep the condition at bay.
Since Lyme disease is caused by bacteria, it makes sense to treat it with antibiotics. This is usually the wisdom that most practitioners go by. If you’re able to catch the infection in the early stages, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to treat it effectively with antibiotics.