When talking about the incredible healing properties of marijuana, there are several conditions that always take center stage. Some of these include debilitating illnesses like cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, as well other ailments such as anxiety and depression.
One such condition that is becoming significantly more prevalent in everyday society, but does not get enough attention, is Lyme Disease. This illness is transferred to humans from ticks and comes with symptoms that include migraines, fatigue, and skin rashes to name a few.
Thankfully, as more societies understand that cannabis is not some throwaway street drug, but rather a credible medicine that combats many human conditions, we have found that Lyme Disease is treatable using our favourite crop.
Herbal Dispatch sought to find out more from Kevin Green (pseudonym), the Founder of MediBloom, who makes a Lyme Disease treatment available right now.
How did MediBloom get started?
MediBloom is a company that started out very small, just trying to help family members having trouble with cancer, lyme disease, and sleep disorders. Then other family members heard that we were having some success so they came on, and then friends of family started to come on.
Eventually, it just grew into a little entity that was helping a lot of people.
We were part of the MMAR at its inception. When they first brought in the MMAR back when it used to be what was called a section 9, you were allowed to produce cannabis for yourself or someone who was unable to produce it for themselves.
We started producing our own, just for ourselves, friends, and family and then from there it just blossomed into having people contacting us and asking us [for medicine]. That got to be a little much, so we decided we would hand it over to a distributor and we would just focus on producing what we needed.
What products are you currently selling?
We only sell medicinal oils, we don’t do any recreational products whatsoever. It’s all oils that are produced with ethanol in a rotary evaporator. That way we get what’s called a whole-plant extract.
If you use something like butane or even CO2, it’s very selective and it only pulls certain cannabinoids, whereas when you use a non-polar solvent like ethanol, it pulls all of the compounds. [These include] the ones that we know and understand and all the ones that we don’t know and don’t understand.
When we first engaged with dispensaries they were all pushing really hard for higher THC, and that’s not what we’re about, we’re about medicine. We butted heads for quite a long time until we were able to illustrate that for our Lyme Disease sufferers, as soon as you switch to a higher THC, it became a gating item for the other medicinal compounds in the cannabis. So this high THC was stopping people from getting medicinal doses of the rest of the compounds.
You can only tolerate so much THC before you start having some pretty intense side effects.
We also developed a process to strip out some of the trichomes, especially for our Lyme patients. We found that when we stripped out some of the trichomes and concentrated the plant material more, people were actually getting into remission.
Is MediBloom the first company to come up with a cannabis treatment for Lyme Disease?
I don’t think we’re the first, I know there’s a lot of groups in the U.S. that have been at it a while. There’s a lot of research going on around cannabis and Lyme Disease in the United States.
Lyme Disease has actually become a pandemic, it is so rampant and being misdiagnosed left, right, and center. It’s crazy how many people actually have Lyme Disease but have no idea that they have it.
Is there a cure for Lyme Disease?
There is no cure. You have to take cannabis in perpetuity, but, once you are able to beat the infection down to just a maintenance dose, you don’t have to take high doses of the whole-plant extract and it will stay at bay as long as you stay on a full maintenance dose.
That’s exactly what we did. Even the way that we formulated it was also based on our patients reactions. We only had a couple of family members that we were working with at the beginning and that was our trial and error time.
Even myself, I’m diagnosed Lyme and I was able to fine tune which strains worked best and which formulations worked best.
Would you say this medicine is still developing then? Is it always in flux?
Yes it’s definitely still in flux, but we’re getting close.
The World Health Organization out of Switzerland has just finished a clinical trial, not that long ago, using stevia. Stevia is a natural alternative sweetener and it is more effective at killing Lyme than many compounds, including antibiotics.
I was going to keep it a secret but in the guise of trying to help as many people as possible, I’ll let you know what we’re up to now. I’ve just grown stevia and we’re going to test the stevia against our best Lyme Aid strain, and look at the terpene profiles to figure out which terpenes are actually the same. Then we’re going to focus all our research on those terpenes.
It sounds like MediBloom is at the forefront of this research. Do you think that one day cannabis can potentially cure Lyme Disease?
It’s really hard to say, I don’t think by itself. But what could happen is that you could potentially take cannabis extract that has been designed specifically for treating the bacterial infections of Lyme, and then once your infection is under control enough, you may be able to take antibiotics at the same time, with the stevia, and actually kill the Lyme completely.
You have other great products as well that treat a number of different conditions, what are some of those?
We come at it from every angle that we can. There’s a product called Day which is THC-a, so it’s produced cold. There’s no heat ever used, it doesn’t go above 50 degrees and it’s produced under extreme vacuum so you get the alcohol to boil away.
[We also] have Night which is rich in THC, CBN, myrcene, and other terpenes that aid in sleep. So you’re able to fall asleep, you wake up in the morning and you take the CBD, that helps with the pain, then you move into Day, which is THC-a and helps with neuralgia and brain fog, and then you move through your day.
What’s next for MediBloom?
We’re focusing hard on Lyme Disease because that definitely seems to be one of the bigger problems. We are also focused heavily on sleep disorders because that’s the other thing that people really, really appreciate, when you can get them a good sleep. That’s the beginning of all your healing, your body does all its repairs while in REM sleep.
MediBloom’s incredible medicinal products are available now on Herbal Dispatch.
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