Lyme Disease & CBD

Lyme Disease & CBD

What is Lyme, and why do we get sick?

Not all ticks transmit Lyme, so how do we know if we get it?
 
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. The borrelia is one of innumerable bacteria types known as "stealth microbes", meaning that they don’t behave in a way that makes them easy to track down in our bodies. Our immune system needs to know what it’s fighting to do its job, and spirochetes can chameleon themselves inside of our cells, changing the protein expression on their outsides when they need to hide from our detectors.
 
Some people harbor the bacteria for years before symptoms arise, some people are asymptomatic for their whole lives.
 
Avoiding tall grass and wooded areas is the best way to stay away from ticks. If you can't do that, wear long socks and pants and always check your body (especially any crevices!) for ticks - remember they can be as tiny as a spec of dirt.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

There are an estimated 400,000+ cases of Lyme in the US, with 96% of them showing up in the Northeast.

Many of the symptoms associated with Lyme disease are common in other diseases including: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, sleeplessness, joint pain, nerve pain, digestive issues, moodiness, fever/sweats/chills, brain fog.

Usually bites are identified by the red ring rash, or ‘bullseye,’ but not always.

Inflammation is your immune system’s way of directing white blood cells and other fighting agents to the sites of infection or damage. However, too much inflammation and immune response can become a bigger problem, and often is the main component responsible for symptoms of Lyme.

Treating Lyme Disease

The medical community is highly divided over what does and does not actually work in treating Lyme. Antibiotic therapy is the most widely accepted, though it’s effectiveness for chronic Lyme vs. cost is debated over.

The Buhner protocol is a highly-involved herbal/supplement regimen that has gotten a lot of attention for its success with a high safety profile. It is a new standard for people suffering from chronic Lyme and deals with basic foundational health and detoxification.

Em therapy, a type of energetic therapy, has also made some news recently for its noninvasive structure for people who have severe chronic issues and multiple sensitivities. This is the most ‘outside the box’ protocol yet, but there have been many success stories.

Detoxing is a vital step in ridding your system of harmful bacteria.

The bast way to do this: drink as much water as possible! And do these when you can: Epsom salt magnesium baths, activated charcoal powder or capsules and regular visits to the sauna (infrared or regular.)

How can natural remedies help?

It's all about mind and memory maintenance, a healthy inflammatory response and sleep cycle restoration. So we target the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which regulates various functions from sleep to appetite to mood, and more.
 

Cannabis produces phyto-cannabinoids that stimulate our ECS's cannabinoid receptors. This means; if you have an endocannabinoid deficiency, you can use cannabis as a cannabinoid supplement.

Researchers are now proposing that many diseases such as migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowl syndrome, and more may stem from a clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.

Think of cannabinoids like Vitamin D. Your body can make its own from the sun, but because of lifestyle and depletion - you may need to supplement. If you're deficient in cannabinoid.

Allan takes 20-80 mg of our full-spectrum CBD oil every day.

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