Earlier today I saw a chat started in an online Lyme discussion group on whether other’s with Lyme disease felt better or worse when they smoked pot – aka, Cannabis, marijuana, Mary Jane. Some were saying they felt worse from it, and others said it helped. While reading their comments, I remembered an article I had seen on Sciencedaily.com about a year ago discussing how Cannibus suppresses certain critical parts of the immune system, “How Cannabis Suppresses Immune Functions: Cannabis Compounds Found To Trigger Unique Immune Cells Which Promote Cancer Growth”.
**For further research, and a differing point of view (why Cannabis may be beneficial to one’s health), please check out the ‘comments’ in the comments section below as there is some great information.**
If this is the case, it would make sense that some people would “feel better” smoking pot if they have Lyme disease. The Cannabis would be suppressing an immune system on high alert – one that is mounting a persistent attack on organisms in the body, and has potentially started treating even “benign” things as a threat, even attacking one’s own tissues, leading to autoimmunity.
But at what cost?
I once had a discussion with a doctor friend who had treated close to 40,000 people over his career, and he would joke about how he wanted to write an article entitled “The benefits of poisoning”. He said that when you poison the body’s cells with toxic substances, such as when people are poisoned by micromercurialism via their mercury amalgam tooth fillings (“silver” fillings), or they are exposed to low levels of arsenic, their immune system is often rendered unable to mount a response to foreign threats as they are immuno-suppressed from the poisoning. Because of this, one may “feel better”, e.g., have less food allergies, but they may actually be in a worse state because their body is no longer able to fight off those things it should. And being immuno-suppressed means you are open to a host of other illnesses. This is why those with Lyme disease are cautioned to NEVER take steroids as it only suppresses the symptoms and makes it more difficult for your body to fight infections off.
These are my thoughts of the day.
For further reading on the toxins found even in medical marijuana go here