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How to Treat a Cold Sore in Your Mouth with CBD

Ways to treat cold sores with CBD

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Cold sores are something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. They can last for days or weeks depending on how well they are treated. Cold sores are the result of herpes. The medical name for herpes is herpes simplex virus or HSV for short. There are two varieties of the herpes simplex virus which are type 1 and type 2. HSV-1 is associated largely with oral herpes i.e. cold sores. In turn, HSV-2 is associated largely with genital herpes.

Cold Sores vs Canker Sores

Cold sores commonly form on the outside of the mouth, such as on the lips. If you have an oral internal cold sore and are positive it is not a canker sore, then it is likely you have a weakened immune system. Canker sores are also known as aphthous ulcers and aphthous stomatitis.

Canker sores are small, occasionally painful, sores. They are not caused by herpes simplex viruses. Canker sores can be caused by hormonal changes or a bacterial infection but are not a viral infection. Canker sores can be also caused by acidic foods.

Cold sores are clusters of blisters that first appear clear and then become cloudy. Once positive your cold sores are not just canker sores but are indeed mouth herpes or fever blisters, you should determine if there are logical reasons for your weakened immune system, like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, etc. Internal oral herpes can make it hard to eat and are particularly painful. In order to relieve pain, you may seek out medications, home remedies, or effective solutions to your outbreaks.

Symptoms of Cold Sores

Due to the common nature of cold sores, most people contract the virus at an early age. This can be anywhere between 7 and 10 years old but the potential to get it sooner or later is relative to the individual’s lifestyle. For example most first or early cases will be found when someone is going through a cold or flu outbreak. On the bright side, however, most people who get HSV-1 are blind to the fact that they may have an infection.

Oral Herpes Symptoms include:

  • Sores: This forms after about two days after you have the virus and will be filled with a blister based fluid. They usually break/bust before your body heals them which leads to the unsightly look they are known to have. The sores can last for up to a week but they can last longer based on the patients own individual lifestyle.
  • Itching, Tingling or Burning Sensation: Before you know you have a cold sore you will experience either itching, tingling or a burning on your skin

The anti-inflammatory properties provided by CBD are capable of providing relief for those with cold sores. CBD can help reduce the redness and pulsating swelling associated and also providing some pain relief as a result.

Cannabis and CBD for Treating Cold Sores

As mentioned before, CBD is an anti-inflammatory. Cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors found in the endocannabinoid system of our bodies to ensure balance i.e. to make inflammation isn’t causing nasty cold sores or other issues for us. Primary cannabinoid receptors used with CBD discovered so far are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 is largely expressed in the brain while CB2 is found predominantly on our immune system.

Several studies have shown that cannabinoids decrease cytokine (signaling proteins) and chemokine and increase T-regulatory cells (Tregs) as a their primary mechanism to suppress inflammation. CBD as a treatment can be found in oils (via drops in the mouth) which are known to be very effective or topicals (skin/lip palms) for use on the skin directly.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that states CBD is able to get rid of herpes, however for a responsible treatment to be created with usable dosages more research will be needed. Medical cannabis and CBD are known to have a number of minor side effects but nothing anyone should be worried about. We advise that before use, you should consult with a doctor to find out whether or not you can use CBD or medical cannabis for medical purposes and to also find out if it is legal to use in your state or country.

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