Cold sores are one of the most common medical conditions in the United States today. The painful, fluid-filled blisters and stingy open sores that follow them can be a nightmare, especially for those of us who suffer from them regularly. And although every drug store in the country is packed with products promising to get rid of cold sores in a jiffy, very few actually deliver on this promise.
CBD, the oil that’s extracted from cannabis plants, is now becoming an increasingly common home remedy for cold sores at all stages of the condition. Although there hasn’t been any research that specifically examines the effects of CBD oil on cold sores, many studies have shown it has medicinal properties that make it well-suited to treat this annoying condition.
1. It’s Antibacterial
Research has found that CBD is a naturally powerful antibacterial. This means that it can kill bacteria and fight off infections. This is particularly useful in the treatment of cold sores because during stage 3 of the cold sore, the open wound is highly susceptible to infections and further complications.
In stage 3, the blister bursts and oozes liquid. The sore underneath is now exposed and vulnerable to bacteria. Dabbing gently with an antibacterial several times a day is thought to significantly lower the risk of infection. CBD oil or other topicals which contain CBD could be an ideal choice for protecting your cold sore during this delicate stage.
2. It’s Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is the immune system’s way of protecting an area of body that’s been injured or is under attack somehow. It can cause swelling, redness, and pain — as anyone who has experienced it knows, this can drastically impact one’s quality of life. There are a wide range of chronic inflammation conditions that require constant treatment, and CBD is now being used as an experimental treatment for many of them.
People with cold sores could find relief from inflammation by using a CBD oil or CBD topical during the earlier stages of the cycle. This can reduce swelling and redness, making the cold sore less unsightly and embarrassing.
3. It’s Pain-Relieving
The use of cannabis for chronic pain treatment isn’t anything new. However, the use of CBD oil for once-off injuries and infections such as cold sores is a relatively new idea. A 2008 study examined all of the research to date and found that CBD was both effective and safe in the treatment of pain.
There are some advantages to using a CBD topical over a more traditional painkiller. CBD topicals can be used for highly localized maladies, so you can target a specific area of skin with precision, unlike with ingested medications. CBD oil also doesn’t have the side effects that some pain medications come with, including headaches, vomiting, and constipation.
Because CBD has been proven in various scientific studies to be an effective antibacterial, a potent anti-inflammatory, and a powerful natural pain reliever, there’s good reason to believe that these properties could make it an ideal cold sore treatment. Not only could CBD make the actual experience of having a cold sore less unpleasant, but it could speed up the stages of the condition too, resulting in a faster healing time.
Of course, folks should always remember that CBD hasn’t been tested specifically on cold sores. There still remains a lot of research to be done before we can make firm conclusions about its effectiveness. However, the early results (and the mountain of anecdotal evidence) are certainly a promising indication that CBD could be a great help for people with cold sores.