Does CBD Help Treat Herpes?
Herpes is a chronic infectious disease in which the skin and mucous membranes are affected. It most often appears on the lips, although it can affect other parts of the body, including the genitals. Outwardly, the disease manifests itself in the form of exanthema which can cause unpleasant pain. The incubation period of the disease lasts 2-14 days.
The disease’s main symptom is the appearance of an accumulation of small white bubbles that merge and provoke itching and slight tingling. Sometimes other symptoms can occur — headache; weakness in the body; an increased temperature.
There is a lot of talking on the Internet about treating herpes with CBD products. Some people say it can help a lot while others cast a critical eye at this way of treatment. In today’s article, we will find out whether it is true or not and how medical marijuana does affect herpes and its symptoms.
What do you need to know about herpes?
What can cause herpes? People are often infected by kissing or eating from the same plates. Besides, if there is a person with herpes nearby who is coughing or sneezing, there is a high risk of airborne infection. People who receive blood transfusions are also at risk. Fortunately, most people infected with the herpes virus have an inactive form of infection and manage to bypass this unpleasant disease.
At the moment, mainstream medicine states that there is no cure for cold sores. The available drugs only suppress the multiplication of the virus. Therefore, there is always a chance of relapse. The reason for the resumption of the disease can be:
- other diseases — endocrine, viral, and bacterial;
- metabolic disorders.
One in five Americans suffers from genital herpes but at least 80% of people with herpes do not even know they have it.
CBD as treatment. Can it help?
Shortly put, yes — CBD products (such as cannabis oil or tincture) can cure herpes. It contains some beneficial components that are able to stop viruses from flaring up and causing more damage to your health. This study also states that cannabinoids may help with persistent infections and also reduce inflammation.
But why exactly is it a beneficial method of treatment? Why can CBD help to cope with herpes? Well, cannabidiol is both a very good anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agent. As an anti-inflammatory agent, cannabidiol has been recognized for its ability to directly combat foreign pathogens and initiate cell repair. In addition, cannabidiol exhibits excellent antiviral properties that allow diminishing negative effects of some diseases.
How to use CBD for herpes treatment?
As for the treatment methods, you can apply cannabidiol creams and ointments directly to herpes sores, but the quickest and most correct application of CBD for herpes is to massage the affected area with CBD balm or to take CBD oil internally.
Note, that it is very important to choose the right CBD product. Many CBD strains differ from each other and obtain various qualities and features. If you don’t want to get a professional recommendation, at least try to read CBD products’ reviews attentively and take into account even little details.
Can you smoke marijuana if you have herpes?
There is no research on whether smoking weed is okay or not okay when having herpes. But we know exactly that some strains of herpes can be spread through collective pot smoking (the same applies to common cigarette smoking). So, we would recommend you to choose another way of CBD consumption — just for safety. As we already said, you can try buying a qualitative CBD oil or tincture. In addition, you may check out some balms and CBD creams for massages.
How to use CBD oil for herpes treatment?
For a better effect on the herpes virus, it is best to take CBD oil orally to stop the replication of the virus at the cellular level. Finding the appropriate dosage may be a little harder — the classical method of finding a reasonable CBD oil dosage for cold sores is to start with a minimal amount. For example, you can start with 3-5 mg for the first week. If you do not feel any change, you can increase your dosage to 8-10 mg and continue to increase it gradually until you find the most effective amount of CBD that works for you.
Effect of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol on herpes simplex virus type 2 vaginal infection in the guinea pig
The present investigation was undertaken to determine whether delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta 9-THC) decreases host resistance to herpes simplex virus type 2 vaginal infection in the guinea pig. The guinea pig was selected as the host since it has been shown to express a spectrum of primary herpes genitalis which is similar to that in humans. Animals were administered delta 9-THC or vehicle intraperitoneally on Days 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. Herpes simplex virus was introduced intravaginally on Day 2. Host resistance to virus infection was assessed by comparing frequency and severity of lesions, virus shedding, and animal mortalities. Virus-infected animals treated with drug at doses of 4 and 10 mg/kg exhibited significantly greater severity of genital disease during the 30-day period of study when compared to virus-inoculated vehicle controls. A direct relationship was noted between dose of delta 9-THC and cumulative mortalities on Day 14 following primary infection. These results indicate that delta 9-THC decreases host resistance to herpes simplex virus type 2 vaginal infection in the guinea pig.