If HSV-1 Is an STD: Can Medical Cannabis Help with Symptoms

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HSV 1 is the medical term for the Herpes Simplex Virus. There are two versions of this virus. HSV-1 and HSV-2 or HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. The herpes infection is extremely common. In America, 25% of women and 20% of men have the virus, making a total of 50 million in the United states infected with the virus.

HSV type 1 is associated with cold sores. Cold sores are also known as fever blisters. They are generally located around the mouth, lip and nose area, but can be spread throughout the whole body if the carrier does not practice good hygiene. Although HSV type 1 is associated with cold sores, the virus can be located in the genitals, HSV-1 generally isn’t as serious as HSV-2.

HSV type 2 is associated with genital herpes. HSV type 2 is generally located on the bottom half of our bodies, usually around the genital area. HSV type 2 is a lot more dangerous than HSV type 1, mainly in newborn babies, who generally get infected due to their mother being a carrier. People with low or bad immune systems are also in danger when infected as their bodies can not fight off the virus. HSV-2 infections are also a lot more aggressive than HSV-1 infections.

How Can You Get the Herpes Virus

Many people are carriers of the virus without even knowing. When someone is infected with the virus, no symptoms are shown, therefore it’s invisible until active. If an infected person, with the herpes virus comes into sexual contacts like oral sex, sexual intercourse, or even kissing, then the virus can be transmitted onto someone else.

It you share drinks from the same cup or glass, or if you share utensils, or any other items that you use predominantly for your mouth and/or lips and involves saliva. Also, you can get the virus from sharing makeup like lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip balms.

What Triggers the Herpes Virus When It’s Already in Our System

The herpes virus lays dormant in your bodies, and it may never trigger but there are certain factors to take into consideration that may trigger it such as:

  • Stress
  • Menstrual cycle and other hormonal changes
  • Illness
  • Too much sunlight
  • Colds or fevers
  • Lack of sleep
  • Surgery which has weakened the immune system

Herpes Symptoms

Usually when your first of herpes outbreak arrives, it’s extremely aggressive, but shares the same symptoms every other time after that. When a cold sore starts to make its way up and breaks through the skin, it will start to feel annoyingly itchy and tingling, sometimes even stingy. At this stage, it’s important to start treating it straight away, herpes is not curable, but if you treat it sooner rather than later, it won’t have the chance to become so aggressive, and it may even only last 24 hours if you’re lucky, but generally cold sores can last anywhere from 7 days up to 10 days.

What can you use to Treat Herpes

There are any forms of medication such as creams and tablets that are used to treat the herpes virus, these types of medications are generally anti inflammatories and/or antibacterial. The anti inflammatory is important when treating the cold sore, because when a cold sore turns into blisters, a lot of redness surrounds the infected area, and most often than not, the area becomes inflamed. The anti inflammatory helps with the appearance of it. The antibacterial medication is one of the most vital parts to treating the cold sores because you don’t want the infection to spread so it is important to keep the infected area clean at all times, and also your hands, because the virus can quickly spread from your face to your hands, and then to anything that you touch.

Treating Cold Sores Using Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, is cannabis and cannabinoids that is extracted from the cannabis plant. Recently medical cannabis has caused hype in the medical industry and in the general population due to the medical studies that have been conducted on it. Cannabis as proven to have a place in the medicine world due to its medicinal properties.

Can it Treat Cold Sores / The HSV 1 Virus

Through studies and researches, cannabis has been proven to have anti inflammatory properties, some studies on CBD independently and as well as animal tests show promising results for CBD’s usage and as a treatment for cold sores.

Another study conducted back in 1980 tested the herpes virus, both HSV 1 and HSV 2. When in contact with THC and CBD, both viruses stopped reproducing.

If you have a cold sore, and has exceeded over 7 to 10 days, you should seek medical professional aid. If medical cannabis is a form of treatment that you would like to try to treat for cold sore, you should consult your doctor first, and when taking the medical cannabis ask your doctor if other medication should and can be prescribed to you.

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