Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat Lyme Disease? A Doctor’s Perspective A Colorado physician discusses potential benefits of medical marijuana for Lyme patients.

By Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD

Dr. Daniel Kinderlehrer specializes in the treatment of tick-borne disease I have a confession to make. I proposed a talk at ILADS on medical marijuana because it would force me to learn everything I could on the topic. I live in Colorado, where it seems there is a dispensary on every corner, and many of my patients have been using medical cannabis. But the huge assortment of products is confusing, and I wanted to give specific recommendations to help patients get the most benefit. Here is what I learned.

Marijuana has 483 phytocannabanoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that can affect many body processes such as appetite, mood, and sleep. Most people have heard of one of them: THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol—the psychoactive component of marijuana. THC can make you high, giddy, or euphoric and provide seemingly awesome universal insights that may appear quite trivial the next day.

The strains of marijuana now available are not your father’s weed—they generally have a much higher THC content. It’s important to choose the appropriate strain for your needs, and some people may want to avoid THC entirely. However, it has been clearly established that THC is quite beneficial for pain, sleep, nausea, appetite, and PTSD, so there are medically valid reasons for choosing it…..Join or login below to continue reading.

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