Lyme Disease and CBD- Ticks are here to stay in New England and cases of Lyme Disease are expected to reach historic highs. Lyme Disease typically peaks in May through July, when the ticks that carry the disease are most active and the smaller nymphs are harder to spot. Adult tick season peaks late October. The cases of tick-borne disease has more than tripled since 2004.

Ticks are here to stay in New England and cases of Lyme Disease are expected to reach historic highs. Lyme Disease typically peaks in May through July, when the ticks that carry the disease are most active and the smaller nymphs are harder to spot. Adult tick season peaks late October. The cases of tick-borne disease has more than tripled since 2004.

Lyme Disease can manifest in many ways, including flu-like symptoms, memory impairment, brain fog, physical weakness, fatigue, cognition, mood, focus and sleep. It is no wonder that Lyme is often misdiagnosed. A bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) caused by Lyme Disease is carried by the deer tick and infected mice. Chronic Lyme disease is a tricky one to diagnose and often symptoms do not occur until months or years after a bite. Treatment with antibiotics can be very effective if treated immediately, but if used years after the fact, can cause a slow and rocky recovery. Spiral-shaped pathogens called spirochetes can remain in the body and cause damage to sensory nerves and cerebral inflammation. They retreat into a protective ball as a defense mechanism against antibiotics, making them resistant to treatment.

While CBD is not a cure-all, it has been shown in studies to significantly help with the painful and debilitating symptoms associated with the disease. CBD works with our own endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is made up of neurotransmitters and receptors. It is responsible for regulating cannabinoid levels and keeping our body in a state of equilibrium. It helps to inhibit the breakdown of molecules that help us “feel good”. It decreases the cytokine storm (overproduction of immune cells causing inflammation) of Lyme disease. The more subtle effects of CBD modulate serotonin levels, decreasing the anxiety associated with chronic pain.

Since CBD has no intoxicating effects, it can be taken daily. The most common delivery method is oil tincture taken under the tongue. Dosing is very personal and one should always check with a doctor before use. Standard protocol is to start at a low dose and slowly increase as needed. CBD is not meant as a sole treatment for Lyme, but can certainly be considered an adjunct for desperately needed relief.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.