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CBD Dosage for Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease can become a painful and debilitating condition if left untreated. It’s an infectious bacterial disease spread by ticks that carry the Borrelia bacterium that begins as a rash, which is usually neither painful nor itchy but can lead to serious complications if untreated. Even with treatment, patients can still be at risk of shooting pains, facial paralysis, severe headaches, heart palpitations, and even memory problems. 


What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is an oil extracted from the cannabis plant. Research has found it to have many health benefits and effectiveness in treatment of a variety of medical conditions. Given the checkered history of cannabis, there has been some controversy about this being used as a medical treatment option. But it’s important to remember that CBD oil does not usually contain THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high” sensation. CBD oil is therefore not a psychoactive drug.


Can CBD oil be used to treat lyme disease?

As noted above, lyme disease is caused by bacteria. The great thing about CBD oil is its remarkable antibacterial properties. Studies have found immense success with using CBD oil to treat a variety of bacterial-based medical issues. Research that has looked directly at using CBD oil to treat the symptoms and cause of lyme disease has been very promising, owing to these powerful antibacterial properties.


What dosage of CBD oil should I use for lyme disease?

CBD dosage for Lyme disease is a complicated question to answer. The reason is that CBD oil can be taken in a variety of ways and it is worth exploring each in turn, as doses will differ depending on the method or methods you choose. The four main ways of taking CBD oil are inhalation, sublingual, topically, and ingestion.

Inhalation has not been found to be effective in the treatment of lyme disease. That is not to suggest it’s not, perhaps further research is needed. But it will not be explored further here, as studies have found that the sublingual, topical, and ingestion methods are effective in treating lyme disease.


Sublingual dosage for lyme disease treatment

Sublingual doses are administered by a dropper, where a few drops of CBD oil are placed beneath the tongue, held for up to thirty seconds, and then swallowed. Many sellers of CBD oil actually sell it in tinctures, which are bottles with droppers built into the lid for convenience. Another added bonus is the availability of flavored varieties of CBD oil for those concerned about the taste. For lyme disease, dosage in this method is usually around two to three drops at a time. It’s important to remember that you can always take more if needed, but it’s recommended to start with a small dose and work your way up from there if required.


Topical dosage for lyme disease treatment

Topical use of CBD oil is rubbing the substance directly onto an affected area of skin. In the case of lyme disease, patients will often rub CBD oil directly onto the rash as soon as it forms, aiming to eradicate it as quickly as possible before further complications arise. Because the rash is bacterial and the oil is being applied directly to the affected area, results are often seen quickly. Dosage in this method really depends on the size of the affected area. You should aim to rub it into all areas where the rash is presenting. You will need to apply multiple applications regularly and for this reason will end up using more CBD oil than other methods. You can, however, obtain balms and lotions containing CBD oil.


Ingestion dosage for lyme disease treatment

Ingestion is one of the most difficult doses to get right, but with time and practice can be a highly effective method. It involves combining CBD oil with food and eating the food. Many patients choose sweet items such as gummy bears, cookies, or cakes for that extra dose of pleasure while taking their medication. Trial and error will definitely be required until you are able to determine an appropriate method and dosage for you when using the ingestion method. It’s recommended for lyme disease that you combine this method with the topical one to ensure maximum results. Always consult your doctor before trying any of these methods to treat lyme disease.