Well I saw my LLMD for the first time last week and he is great! One of the things that he is "prescribing" me, is CBD oil from the hemp plant (note, this is not the same as the cannabis plant that is used for medical marijuana). He actually prescribes it to all of his patients and according to him it is doing wonderful things for his Lyme patients (and he has been treating Lyme disease for 35 years).
The interesting thing is that the hemp plant has virtually zero THC in it, which is the chemical responsible for the "high" from marijuana. The other interesting thing is that since the CBD oil is made from industrial hemp, it is legal to sell to all 50 states without a medical card or anything. It is not in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (the thing that makes "weed" illegal) or illegal in any way shape or form. After talking to my doctor and reading a couple of scientific papers on CBD, it seems to be a wonder drug. It has analgesic properties (pain reducing), anti-anxiety properties, anti-psychotic properties (works equally as well as the leading drug to treat schizophrenia with almost none of the side-effects!), anti-inflammatory properties (boy do we need that!), neuroprotective and anti-oxidant properties, and has even been used to treat cancer among other things (I'm not kidding). Oh and it has been proven to be extremely safe for human consumption. The nice thing too is that you don't have to smoke it to get the medical benefits, you either eat the oil/paste or alternatively there is a non-alcohol tincture made only of the oil from the hemp plant and the concentrated CBD extraction.
I want to make sure that I'm not acting as a fan-boy, because I haven't even tried the CBD only oil yet, so I can't recommend it personally, but the research behind it is frankly breathtaking. I used to smoke cannabis (I hope that's okay to admit) but I had to stop because it would make my psychosis-like symptoms way worse. It would increase depersonalization, increase visual disturbances, increase my anxiety, and so on and so forth. The good news is that cannabidiol has none of those properties and actually helps with almost all of those.
Has anybody tried the CBD only oil yet? There is one website that sells the CBD oil that my doctor recommended that is tested for mold, fungi, pathogens, pesticides (the hemp is grown without any pesticides). It is fairly expensive however. I did find a website at half the cost that is also third-party tested for microbes and quality and I sent the E-mail to my LLMD to see if that would work as well. I don't know if it is appropriate for me to post those sites here but if it is (once again, it is not illegal in any way shape or form and I am not affiliated with either of the websites in any way shape or form), you can send me a message and I can share them with you.
Once again, I haven't actually tried this yet but I have been doing some reading and a couple of people have actually been curing their Lyme disease with this oil, not just masking the symptoms! (but that evidence is just anecdotal). Here is a link to one of the papers that I read if anybody wants to get into the science of it, it is extremely interesting - www.stcm.ch/en/files/paper_izzo_tips_2009.pdf
Additionally, here is the link to the paper where it is being used to help manage schizophrenic symptoms just as well as the leading anti-psychotic medication with almost none of the side effects - www.erowid.org/references/texts/show/8601docid7567
This image summarizes some of the benefits of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids (the name given to the class of compounds contained in cannabis):VIEW IMAGE
And here is a link to the three threads that I found about
this topic on this website. In all three of the threads people seemed to be disappointed about
2 things, the illegality of cannabis oil (not a problem with CBD hemp oil) and the "high" of cannabis oil (not a problem with CBD hemp oil as well).www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2987037www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=3097967www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=3050938
If you are interested, please make sure to check with your LLMD before starting any new treatments. I will definitely share how my experiences go once I receive the oil and begin using it (I will also be using it in conjunction with antibiotics and more "conventional" Lyme treatments). And once again, I apologize if I sound like a fan-boy but I am just really excited about
this seemingly very powerful medicine that could potentially help a lot of people, especially those with Lyme disease.
Edit: I've gotten permission to post the links to the sellers of this product so I'll have them in the original post so people don't have to scroll through the thread to try and find them.
LLMD recommended - hempmedspx.com/real-scientific-hemp-oil/
Waiting to hear on - /www.bluebird-botanicals.com/Cannabidiol__CBD__oil.php