Research Shows CBD-Infused Topicals Can Treat Cold Sores

Studies now tell us CBD creams can treat cold sores.

The results are in and it would appear that YES cbd topicals (creams, lotions and foams etc) can be used to treat cold sores. Image Credit: By Africa Studio on shutterstock

Cold sores are embarrassing, they’re painful, and annoying. Treatments for cold sores have traditionally been unreliable, but CBD-infused topicals may just change all that.

According to recent research, scientists believe that CBD oil could be the best weapon in the fight against cold sores, which is why more and more people are turning to this all-natural remedy to resolve their symptoms, without a lot of waiting time.

The Science Behind Using CBD Topicals for Cold Sores

Often called canker sores or fever blisters, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV — the same virus that causes genital herpes). HSV is a viral infection which attaches itself to healthy cells inside the body. Scientists still haven’t figured out how to kill HSV without killing the cells that they’re attached to, which is why there is no known cure.

Cold sores usually develop on the lips and around the mouth — the virus is highly contagious and spreads with the slightest touch. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to catch HSV, though it can also affect people without these issues.

Generally, cold sores begin with a tingling or burning sensation. Soon after, a fluid-filled blister will appear. After a few days, the blister bursts, releasing liquid and revealing an open wound that stings and is vulnerable to infection. If the wound is left alone, it will scab over and heal naturally within a week or so. But if not, a bacterial infection can develop and slow down the healing process considerably.

This is why scientists are now saying that CBD could be ideal for treating cold sores. This chemical (which is found in cannabis plants) has been studied rigorously in recent years. Researchers have discovered that it contains a huge range of medicinal qualities, with one in particular that makes it well-suited for dealing with cold sores  — its antibacterial potential.

By fighting off bacteria and preventing infections, researchers think that CBD could weaken the HSV and its effects on the body — perhaps even more so than antiviral medications. They also suggest that thanks to these same properties, CBD can keep existing cold sores clean of infection and speed up the healing process as a result. Research is still in its early stages, but the results so far are still encouraging to anyone plagued by blister-bursting sores on their faces.

CBD topicals are an ideal way to harness these benefits and restore your lips to pristine health. But what exactly are they, and how are you supposed to use them?

Using CBD Topicals to Treat Cold Sores

A CBD-infused topical is any product that contains CBD oil and is applied directly to the skin. When it comes to treating cold sores, CBD-infused lip balms are ideal as they will keep the skin on your lips and around your mouth free of bacteria, reducing the frequency of outbreaks. They might also be able to stop a budding cold sore in its tracks, so picking up a stick or two could be a great and affordable option.

Lip balms aren’t going to suit everyone though, and there are other CBD-infused topicals that can be just as helpful to a cold sore sufferer. Whether you opt for a CBD facial cleanser or a CBD anti-aging cream, once the product is applied to the area of the face most prone to sores a couple of times a day, the effects will be largely the same. Before long, you’ll be ready to hit the streets with confidence and a blister-free face.

Using a CBD-infused topical is undoubtedly a great way to reduce the signs and symptoms of cold sores, as well as the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Are they going to cure you of the virus that causes cold sores? No. But could they make living with it a little easier.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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