How CBD and HSV Interact – The Antiviral Properties of Cannabidiol

The way CBD and HSV interact together

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The marijuana plant contains many components, and the two most known compounds are THC and CBD. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound that causes psychoactive effects to a user. On the other hand, CBD or cannabidiol is the compound that has much significant medical usage.

Cannabidiol is used for chronic pain, skin care and even for sexually transmitted diseases. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory property the CBD has made its way in the medical field.

The CBD affects our endocannabinoid system receptors to produce more natural cannabidiol to help with inflammations. The ECS has two receptors the CB1 and CB2 receptors, and the CB1 receptor is mainly found in your brain and involved with the mental effects of cannabis, while CB2 receptors regulate the flow of hormones.

The use of CBD is exploding on the market because it won’t get users high unlike THC does. Having fewer side effects than other over the counter inflammatory medicines makes it more potent in treating inflammation and chronic pain.

What Is Herpes Simplex Virus or HSV and How Do You Get Infected by It?

Herpes Simplex Virus or HSV is a sexually transmitted disease that is common throughout the world. HSV does not have any cure, but it has medication that can be used for relieving the symptoms. Herpes usually causes sores on your genitals or mouth. Although herpes is contagious, it does not lead to any severe problem, and you can acquire herpes during sexual intercourse or merely kissing a person with herpes

A herpes infection can be categorized by two viruses:

  • The HSV-1 virus
  • The HSV-2 virus

A herpes simplex virus-1 is common in our trigeminal ganglion or the area near the ear that can recur on your lower lip. An HSV-1 usually causes cold sores that are triggered by the reactivation due to physical and emotional stress, sunlight or hormonal change. If HSV-1 recurs, it results in tingling, itching and painful blisters on the lips or face. In some rare cases, HSV-1 can recur spontaneously in the eye causing ocular herpes or can even cause herpes encephalitis that can lead to death.

HSV-2 is commonly known as genital herpes because it starts in your sacral ganglion which is the area on the base of your spine and can recur towards your genital area. HSV-2 causes neonatal herpes that can be dangerous for a newborn. Physical symptoms of genital herpes are cracked, red areas around genitals and small blisters that cause painful sores. Both viruses can be spotted on either the genital or oral areas.

How Does CBD Interact with Herpes Simplex Virus?

Although CBD is famous for treating different certain diseases and chronic pain, CBD cannot cure Herpes simplex virus. However, it can help with relieving the pain and help with the outbreaks. Originating from a less processed cannabis plant or hemp, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can excite the endocannabinoid system to produce more natural cannabinoids that fight inflammation or pain received from a herpes outbreak.

Medical cannabis can help soothe the pain from cold sores and blisters caused by herpes.

  • Medical marijuana can reduce swelling and redness of an affected area due to herpes.
  • CBD has antiviral properties that can help fight HSV.

A herpes outbreak can cause severe pain in its first outbreak. The outbreaks, but the pain lessens over time. Not only it can help fight a herpes outbreak, but it can also prevent an outbreak to reoccur. CBD can diminish the frequency of outbreaks.

Although finding an antiviral and anti-inflammatory property with the other compounds of marijuana, the CBD became the best choice because it does not have psychoactive effects that can cause you the feeling of being stoned or high. Having fewer side effects makes the medical cannabis a better alternative medicine for herpes symptoms.

In conclusion, CBD does not only has an anti-inflammatory property, but it also has an antiviral property that can fight viruses such as herpes simplex virus. Thanks for the discoveries made by a medical expert the use of medical cannabis became more popular for treating various illnesses, chronic pain, and even infections.

With all its potential slowly being discovered the cannabis plant may be one of those miracle plants that can help medical experts treat diseases. Since herpes is a life-long illness and cannot be cured, medical cannabis can help you soothe all those irritating and painful symptoms. However, being a potential alternative treatment the medical cannabis is still not legalized in some states.

Proper knowledge of cannabis is needed before using or purchasing medical marijuana. Always check if your country authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes and always consult a doctor and acquire prescription before buying or using medical marijuana.

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