This is important. Because, as any chronic pain sufferer will tell you, anxiety is what happens when you feel trapped inside a body that won’t stop torturing you. It’s like claustrophobia, only worse—because you’re not just stuck in a closet, you’re stuck in a closet with needles and spikes.
I got the idea of trying CBD from my colleague, Dr. Bill Rawls. He wrote what has become my new favorite book on Lyme Disease: Unlocking Lyme.
What I’m trying to say is this: I doubt whether CBD would be a stand-alone treatment for people with severe pain. But it may help them avoid having to resort to opioids if they are committed to a program of total wellness, including mindfulness, modalities, mobility exercises, procedures, and a willingness to remodel their inner narrative—to believe they can get better. To believe—dare I say it—that they can feel amazing again. That’s what I’m going for.
The cannabidiol I use is a supercritical CO2 extraction from hemp aerial plant parts. It contains essentially no THC, so this is not some form of pot, thank you very much. (THC-Free cannabidiol is legal in all 50 states.)
As always, check with your doctor before trying anything new like CBD oil. These are natural substances, but they are also powerful medicines, which may interact with other medicines.
The good bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract are usually collateral damage in the antibiotic treatment of the condition. The gut is central to your immune health, so upsetting this balance could end up severely damaging your natural immunity and making you susceptible to an array of diseases and infections.
In addition to the joint pain that comes from the inflammation around the joints, there are many other ways that Lyme disease can cause extreme discomfort. You are likely to experience intense body and muscle aches and neuropathic pain.
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.
The Repercussions of Using Antibiotics in the Long Term
There are also numerous ways to repel ticks. You may want to experiment with essential oils and natural products to keep ticks at bay. Insect repellent containing DEET is also effective in preventing ticks from biting you.
The problem is that the condition isn’t often discovered until the symptoms start showing. At this stage, the bacteria are spread throughout the body and become harder to target.
Extreme exhaustion is another common symptom of people with Lyme disease. Without a doubt, this is due to the combination of all the varying symptoms that are painful and discomforting. Fatigue is also a result of the condition robbing patients of their sleep.
As usual, full-spectrum CBD oil is recommended as it contains traces of other cannabinoids, and terpenes that may have other benefits. These work together to lend a synergistic effect, and thus potentially improve the efficacy. In more severe cases of the condition where there is pain involved, patients under doctor treatment may ideally take THC in conjunction with CBD. If you do not have a problem with THC’s psychotropic effects, and you are in a legal state where THC can be prescribed do not be afraid to try a 50/50 THC and CBD combination. You must be speaking with your doctor at this point, and as always, consult your doctor!