Studies Suggest Cannabis May Treat Herpes

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Once infected with the herpes simplex virus (HSV), the virus lasts for life. Herpes is a prevalent virus, and according to the CDC, one in six Americans between 14 and 49 are infected with the virus. While outbreaks may be rare or infrequent, they consist of painful blisters and sores on the mouth and lips (HSV 1) or in the genital area (HSV 2) that can only be treated with ointments and creams when outbreaks occur.

Now, studies are showing topicals including cannabinoids might be the a valuable treatment option for patients with herpes. In 1980, a study published in the Journal of General Virology found THC stopped both herpes viruses from replicating and spreading. Later, in 1991, a study found THC suppressed viability of herpes by 80%, making it less infective and slowing its replication. Lastly, in 2004, in attempting to better understand how cannabis fights herpes, scientists found THC targets viral/cellular mechanisms, so that it works at the cellular level to combat herpes. Various cannabis oils and infused topicals can be applied to the skin to act transdermally and act at the cellular level. While THC specifically helps prevent the spread of herpes, topicals that also contain CBD can help reduce pain and inflammation.

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