Lessen Symptoms of Lyme’s Disease with Cannabinoid Products
Each year, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme’s Disease are reported to the Center for Disease Control by state departments. However, this number does not accurately reflect the amount of cases diagnosed each year. Instead, studies suggest this number may realistically be as high as 300,000.
Lyme’s Disease is caused by the bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi and transmitted to humans through the bite of the black-legged tick. These insects may occasionally transmit other tick-borne diseases as well. Symptoms of Lyme’s Disease include fever, headache, nausea, fatigue, and a skin rash known as erythema migrans. If left untreated, the infection spreads to the joints, heart and nervous system. Fortunately, this disease can be treated within weeks of antibiotics. However, when left untreated, the infection can produce a wide range of symptoms that depend on the stage of infection. These symptoms often include facial paralysis, arthritis and swollen joints, inflammation, pain or numbness in feet and hands, chronic fatigue and headaches.
Cannabinoids Offer a Variety of Benefits
Cannabinoids Aid Arthritis Pain and Inflammation
Infectious Arthritis occurs when a bacterium, virus or fungus enters the joint and triggers inflammation. Examples of organisms that can infect joints include salmonella and shigella (food poisoning or contamination), sexually transmitted diseases, and as previously mentioned Borrelia Burgdorferi – Lyme’s Disease. In many cases, timely treatment with antibiotics may clear the joint infection, but sometimes the arthritis becomes chronic.
Some preliminary research suggests that Cannabidiol (CBD) may help with arthritis pain. In animal studies, CBD relieved arthritis pain and inflammation however effects may vary in human so more human trials are necessary. A 2016 analysis of human trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia found that CBD improved pain and sleep.
In addition, CBD has been reported to cause modulation of TNF , IL-1, and IFN-γ production by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. This is promising considering that high levels of these cytokines can cause inflammation and damage cells and tissues. Cannabidiol also suppresses chemokine production by a human B cell line. These potentially anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, together with the lack of psychotropic effects and lack of toxicity, prompted the testing of the potential of CBD as a therapeutic agent in collagen-induced arthritis which acts as a murine model for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Researchers administered CBD after the onset of clinical symptoms, and in both models of arthritis, the treatment blocked progression of the disease.
Skin Soothing Benefits of Cannabinoids
Rashes associated with Lyme’s Disease cause inflammation, irritation and swelling. Cannabichromene, also known as CBC, is an extremely beneficial compound for skin irritation. One study showed Cannabichromene to be effective at reducing the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands as well as reducing the effects of arachidonic acid, both of which contribute to skin irritation. This molecule also proved to be effective as an anti-inflammatory and may aid in reducing swelling. Cannabichromene packs a third punch by acting as an anti-bacterial and an anti-fungal. A study published in 1981 by the University of Mississippi outlined these effects, as well as results that showed Cannabichromene effective against such bacteria as E. Coli and Staph. These properties may provide extra protection to the pores as well as aid efforts to keep infections away.
Cannabidiol also exhibited the ability to reduce inflammation, a major symptom associated with skin irritation. In a 2012 study originating in Europe, Cannabidiol expressed anti-inflammatory characteristics, even affecting the way that our neurological pain receptors receive and process pain. A patent held by U.S, National Institutes of Health claims that CBD also has high levels of antioxidants, aiding in reduction of topical swelling.
Fatigue Fighting Cannabinoids Pack a Punch
Fatigue remains one of the most common symptoms associated with chronic Lyme’s Disease. Cannabidiol (CBD) offers promising results in trials aimed to exhibit its effects on sleep cycles. In fact, low-dose CBD has a stimulating effect, while high-dose CBD has a sedating effect. In a study among individuals with insomnia, results suggested that administration of 160 mg/day of CBD increased total sleep time and decreased the frequency of arousals during the night. Interestingly, effects of CBD on sleep seem to differ based on concentration of dose. These results suggest that parents may be able to improve sleep quality while also controlling daytime stimulation based on dosing.
Cannabinoids; An Option for your Lyme’s Disease Symptoms?
If symptoms of Lyme’s Disease are holding you back from living an active lifestyle, Cannabinoid Products may provide relief. Check out our shop for products aimed at systemic relief, and others aimed at topical penetration!