Do you live in an area where there are a lot of ticks? If you do, you better take care and be very cautious when you are outdoors, especially in grassy or wooded areas. Ticks are everywhere from Eastern USA to Middle USA in many states. They can even be found in other states in the western USA.
Ticks infest many species of wildlife, deer being among the most infested. Pets can get ticks when they go outside and they can bring them indoors to their owners. Thousands of people are bitten by ticks every year and while not all tick bites make you sick, the chances for contracting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease are very common. Ticks can carry many diseases, but these two are the most prevalent.
States With Largest Number Of Tick Diseases
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
What Is Lyme Disease?
Different strains and species of bacteria called Borrelia cause Chronic Lyme disease. Most often it is a strain called Borrelia Burgdorferi. Since it can mimic so many other illnesses, it is often referred to as “The Great Imitator”. Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be so similar to so many other things. Lyme disease can affect different people in different ways. The symptoms one person may have can be completely different from the symptoms someone else may have. Many doctors consider Lyme to be a true disease because curing it can be so difficult.
Symptoms Of Lyme Disease
There are a great many different symptoms when it comes to Lyme disease. When a person knows they have been bitten by a tick, diagnosing Lyme disease might be easier. If a person does not know if they have been bitten, it can be much harder. Below is a list of the most common symptoms that can indicate Lyme disease:
- Muscle and Joint Pain
Very often when a tick has bitten someone, there will be a red rash or red mark and sometimes it can be surrounded by a red circle referred to as a “bulls-eye”. The tick may still be present or it may not be. If the tick is present and the rash and or bulls-eye are present, you may want to go and let a doctor remove it.
After the infection spreads from the skin, it can move to other parts of the body and can then cause many more symptoms that can become severe. These symptoms are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Worsening headaches
- Muscle pain
- Nerve Pain
- Heart Problems
- Sleep disturbance
- Problems with hearing and vision
- Difficulty with memory, thinking, language
How Is Lyme Disease Treated?
Now you can understand why Lyme disease can be so difficult to diagnose if you do not know you have been bitten by a tick. These symptoms could be indicators of so many other illnesses and conditions. Lyme disease is most often diagnosed with a blood test. Once you have been diagnosed as having Lyme disease, then you can begin a treatment regime that may or may not be helpful. Most of the time the treatment will include 2 to 4 rounds of antibiotics over several weeks.
One of the reasons that Lyme disease can linger for years after you have been infected is because it is well-known in the medical community that antibiotics may only kill about 85% of the targeted bacteria. The 15% that remains is mutated and becomes resistant to antibiotics. The remaining bacteria can be even more destructive than the original strain.
After the antibiotic treatments are completed, most often an infected person will not feel much better, but you can not continue to be treated with antibiotics because that could make the problems even worse according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. So, what can you do next to combat these awful symptoms? Many people are turning to CBD oil to try and feel better.
How Can CBD Oil Help Lyme Disease Symptoms?
The effectiveness of CBD products has been studied many times over recent years. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It is thought to help numerous medical issues and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as having been shown to help relieve pain and assist with getting a good night’s sleep. Although more study needs to be conducted to prove these claims beyond any doubt, it hasn’t stopped thousands of people from using CBD to treat many of their ailments.
While no one can claim that CBD can cure Lyme disease, it could be that it can help relieve many of the symptoms associated with it. Federal law does not allow medical marijuana, but it does allow for the unrestricted sale of products derived from hemp. So, even if you do not live in a state where you can access medical marijuana that contains THC ( the cannabinoid that makes you high) you can still have access to CBD products that contain no THC. CBD products must have 0.3% THC or less.
How CBD Works In The Body
There are over 400 known cannabinoids in cannabis that can interact with the body’s cannabis system. This is referred to as the endocannabinoid system. The two most commonly known and effective cannabinoids are THC ( delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) although there are many more. Both of these chemicals interact with our endocannabinoid system in different ways.
The endocannabinoid system is found throughout the body and receptors known as CB1 and CB2 are found in the brain and other body organs. There are other receptors, but CB1 and CB2 are the most significant. CB! Regulates blood and heart vessels, thinking, energy, emotions, memory, pain, muscle control, intestinal system, sensory perception and so much more.
CB2 is mainly anti-inflammatory and regulates the body’s immune system. These receptors can be found on a variety of white blood cells. This includes B cells that make antibodies, T cells that can fight Lyme, viruses, bacteria, and macrophages that fight viruses. As well as fighting infections, T cells will release cytokines that cause most symptoms of Lyme. Therefore, regulating CB2 can lead to improvements in many of these symptoms.
Lyme Disease Symptoms CBD May Relieve
Since CBD possesses an antibacterial effect, it stands to reason that it could help battle Lyme disease which is caused by bacteria. Since CBD is thought to help relieve pain, it could be beneficial with Lyme symptoms such as headaches, muscle and joint pain, nerve pain, and arthritis. It is said to strengthen the immune system too. It is thought that CBD may even help to restore healthy bacteria in the gut after it is has been disrupted by taking antibiotics.
Depression and anxiety can also be very troubling symptoms of Lyme disease and CBD is thought to be effective in easing these conditions. With all of the pain issues that can be involved with Lyme disease, it is no wonder that people can be anxious and become depressed when trying to deal with a condition that has no real cure.
Do Doctors Recommend CBD For Lyme Disease?
While most doctors will not recommend CBD for treatment of anything because they believe more studies need to be conducted, many other doctors have already been convinced of its benefits. If you would like the advice of a doctor before you begin using CBD to treat your Lyme disease, then it would be best to look for a doctor that believes in the benefits of CBD. They will be more likely to advise you about the correct CBD product for you and about making sure the dosage you take is correct.