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Oral herpes can be extremely embarrassing for many people. Considering that over 50% of the United States of America’s population is affected by the herpes simplex type 1 virus, it’s mind-boggling that people are afraid to speak out and get the treatment that they need. The result of oral herpes are cold sores which are also known as fever blisters and herpes sores.
What is Oral Herpes?
Oral herpes is the result of the herpes simplex virus. It is a viral infection that is extremely contagious. The herpes simplex virus is a virus that once passed onto a person, after primary infection, it doesn’t show any symptoms of infection other than when it is triggered (which results in cold sores).
Once the virus enters the body it can lay dormant for any length of time. It may trigger at any given time, but some carriers may never experience the active virus. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus infection. There is HSV-1 infection and there is HSV-2 infection. When you have a cold sore, you have the HSV-1 virus. People with the HSV-2 virus suffer from genital herpes.
What are cold sores?
Cold sores are small clusters of blisters, fluid-filled blisters, that look like little pimples. When a breakout of cold sores occur, they form redness and inflammation around the infected area. Generally, cold sores are located in and around the mouth, lips, gums and even in the nose. When you start to feel a cold sore breaking through the skin it happens very rapidly. Once this happens the carrier will begin to feel a tingling, itching sensation.This is known as the prodromal stage. After this stage, the blisters will increase in size until they rupture and leak fluid out of the blister (this is the part where infection can spread rapidly so make sure that you disinfect this area as much as possible and avoid direct contact ). Once all of the fluid is gone from these blisters, scabbing occurs and redness and inflammation is greatly reduced and then the healing process begins. This process can take anywhere from one week to two weeks to heal.
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In recent years cannabis has become very popular in the medical and beauty industry. It has also gained a lot of media attention due to the fact the research on the plant has been growing rapidly. As a result of this, studies are suggesting that cannabis has extremely great healing properties and the cannabis plant is showing promising results for medical use, including very little side effects.
Scientists discovered cannabidiol only in recent years. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid which is a chemical that is found in the cannabis plant. It is estimated that there are over 100 different kinds of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, but cannabidiol CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are said to be the most useful. However, unlike THC, Cannabidiol has none of the psychoactive properties that cause all the controversy over cannabis use in the first place. CBD has many medicinal benefits.
These benefits include treating:
CBD Oil and Treating Cold Sores
CBD oil can be used as a topical ointment for cold sores. This is because CBD oil has pain relief, antiviral properties and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD has these properties which relates to our body’s endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid system is responsible for looking after our hormones, the immune system and central nervous system. It keeps these important systems in our body healthy. The endocannabinoid system contains receptors. Two of which are CB1 and CB2, which control pain and inflammation. When the ESC is balanced and well looked after your body is likely to resist pain and inflammation better, just like the symptoms cold sores create.
In his review of cannabinoid-based drugs as anti-inflammatory therapeutics,Thomas Klein states that: “a wealth of information also indicates that these drugs have immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have also suggested that CBD can treat viral infections such as the herpes simplex virus.”
So there you have it. CBD oil can in fact have great benefits in treating the oral herpes virus. If you want to start using CBD as a form of treatment for your herpes, please consult your doctor and/or a medical professional who are experts in this area. You should also research and look up the laws and regulations regarding cannabis and CBD in your country or state due to the fact that the cannabis plant is illegal in more countries than it is legal.