In the 1970’s in Lyme Connecticut, USA, children were suffering from many ailments. Some of these included headaches, paralysis, skin rashes and fatigue. During this time two mothers from Connecticut took their own notes and research, and contacted scientists with their findings.
It wasn’t until 1981 that scientist Willy Burgdorfer unearthed the link between the deer tick and the disease. He discovered a bacterium called a spirochete, carried by ticks, was the cause. In 1982 this bacterium was named Borrelia burgdorferi in recognition of Dr. Burgdorfer’s research.
Reports of the disease have increased dramatically from the 1980’s. It is a significant public health issue in several regions of the United States.
As of 2012, Lyme disease is considered as one of the top ten notifiable diseases by the CDC.
Research has shown cannabinoids, one of the five components contained in cannabis, has antibacterial properties. Researchers are presently trying to establish that cannabinoids are helpful in resisting Borrelia, the bacteria that causes the disease.
Cannabinoids, commonly called CBD, can help to reduce nausea, headaches, pain and spasms that occur in Lyme disease. A doctor once stated that cannabis, which contains cannabinoids is one of the safest and most effective treatment options for peripheral neuropathy caused by Lyme disease.
Cannabis must be ingested in large to eliminate Borrelia from the body and all the signs and symptoms of the disease. Smoking cannabis will only relieve pain and nausea. Only by eating cannabis oil or cannabis in high quantities can reverse the damages done to the nervous and immune systems.
Nearly all states with medical marijuana laws have approved cannabis for pain therapy as a result of the high success rates linked with the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of Lyme disease.