CBD Oil — Dr. Rawls’ Ratings
Efficacy: 5 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs
Ways to Administer: oral tinctures, gummies, topical creams, and balms
Bottom Line: CBD alone isn’t a treatment for Lyme disease, but it’s a helpful, supportive therapy for many people.


Cannabis, the psychoactive component of the Cannabis sativa plant, has been around for thousands of years. However, CBD from hemp, which doesn’t create a euphoric high, is a relatively new chemical component on the scene. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is legal in all 50 states, and full-spectrum CBD has been linked with the reduction of pain and seizures, improved mood and sleep, protection of the nervous system, and a range of other health benefits.


Although CBD is an herb and contains some antimicrobial properties, I regard it as an excellent supportive therapy due to its immuno-modulating, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving qualities. But on its own, I don’t consider it a primary treatment for Lyme disease because I don’t think it can tackle all the components of chronic immune dysfunction that most patients have. Still, it’s a great addition to your recovery protocol.


Although CBD is well-tolerated by most people, side effects such as diarrhea, drowsiness, and fatigue have been reported. However, the side effects tend to subside once CBD use is discontinued. I suspect CBD’s track record for safety will remain high, but there’s still a bit of the unknown when using it long-term.


Because of all of the sensation around cannabis and CBD, it’s going to be higher-priced than some of the other therapies, especially for high-quality, full-spectrum CBD. But it’s definitely one to put on your list.

Dr. Bill Rawls Treatment Guide

Dr. Bill Rawls’ Treatment Guide

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Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy. You can learn more about Lyme disease in Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book, Unlocking Lyme.
You can also learn about Dr. Rawls’ personal journey in overcoming Lyme disease and fibromyalgia in his popular blog post, My Chronic Lyme Journey.