Lyme disease is prevalent in Virginia
MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND LYME'S DISEASE
Cannabis may be helpful for managing symptoms related to the disease.
Lyme's Disease is a Personal Struggle
Your ReThink-Rx™ Doctor Will Help
Lyme disease is prevalent in Virginia, especially in Northern Virginia. But people of any age and in any part of the state can get the disease. If you, or someone you know, has Lyme disease you know just how devastating it can be. There is now growing evidence suggesting that cannabis may be helpful for managing symptoms.
It is important to note that Lyme disease cannot be cured by using medical cannabis, and inappropriate or insufficient treatment may lead to more serious long-term consequences and side effects. You must take antibiotics to get rid of the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease. But there is hope that cannabis can be helpful in relieving symptoms.
Cannabis may help reduce the severe symptoms of Lymes or the symptoms of Post-Treatment Lyme disease Syndrome, a syndrome characterized by long-term muscle pain, nerve pain, headaches, and other symptoms. It is likely that a combination of cannabis’s qualities contributes to the relief.
The analgesic effect of cannabis works well for chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain, a specific type of chronic nerve pain. Neuropathic pain is common in Lyme disease, especially the long-term variant, and can be very challenging to manage otherwise.
Cannabinoids also target inflammation by modulating the immune system, slowing down the process that sometimes occurs when the body inadvertently attacks itself (auto-immunity). Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome appears to mimic auto-immune diseases. Cannabis may also help moderate the arthritic inflammatory characteristics of the acute disease.
Medical Marijuana may also help Lyme disease patients by being neuroprotective, helping the body protect and regenerate nerve cells. Neurologic symptoms are common, including severe recurring headaches and cognitive dysfunction.
Lastly, Cannabis is well known for its mood-modulating benefits. In fact, that is one of the leading reasons patients pursue Medical Marijuana therapy. The anxiety and depression that often accompany Lyme’s disease, are often positively influenced by cannabis.
Understanding the therapeutic principles of cannabis therapy in Lyme disease is very important. Your ReThink-Rx doctor will explain just how this works and will help you develop a strategy that works best for you.
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