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What is Herpes Simplex: Should I Use CBD To Treat It

What is herpes simplex

The herpes simplex virus has two elements to it. These two elements are HSV1 and HSV2 which both can be written like HSV Type 1 and HSV Type 2 or HSV-1 and HSV-2.
This virus is an infection of the body that many people around the world have. An estimated 417 million people aged 15-49 or a total of 11% worldwide have the HSV-2 infection and more than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 or a total of 67% of the population are infected with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Once infected with the herpes virus the carrier has the infection for life making it a lifelong virus.

HSV-1 is mainly transmitted by oral contact from person to person which causes what’s called oral herpes. Oral herpes can include symptoms known as cold sores (click here to see how to treat cold sores) or fever blisters, but can also cause genital herpes but this is not as common. HSV-1 generally develops and breaks out around the mouth, lip and nose area. Once triggered the infection works its way up into the surface of the skin, where it forms clusters of painful blisters that resemble closely to pimples or acne but are a lot redder in colour.

HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted disease/infection that causes genital herpes. This form of herpes is extremely contagious and is passed from person to person during sexual intercourse or oral sex. Majority of people with HSV-2 infections are asymptomatic (show no symptoms). This is due to the virus lying dormant in the body but bare in mind that if your infection is dormant it can still be passed on to other people, but generally speaking they are far more contagious when the infection is active. HSV-2 also increases the risk of the carrier acquiring and transmitting HIV infection, which can then lead to AIDS. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) affects the immune system weakening it over time, resulting in the development of common infections like tuberculosis. To learn more about AIDS and HIV click here.

Cannabis and the Treatment of the Herpes Simplex Virus

Medical Cannabis over recent years has gained popularity in the media, the medical industry and beauty industry for its promising medical benefits. In recent years many studies and researches have been conducted on the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, these compounds are THC and Cannabinoids (also known as CBD).

A study carried out in 1997, experimented with the Cannabis sativa plant. They conducted this research on animals and on humans. As a result the study concluded: “However, cumulative reports indicating that THC alters resistance to infection in vitro and in a variety of experimental animals support the hypothesis that a similar effect occurs in humans”.

Through this study it’s easy to see that cannabis is an eye opener in the world of medicine. Although cannabis is relatively “new” in the terms of medicine medical professionals, researchers and scientists still don’t know enough on the plant to be able to thoroughly say that “Yes, this is the cure”. Despite this, what we do know, is that the cannabis plant has been able to treat certain symptoms for certain ailments like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, ADHD (ADD), Acne, Eczema, and can even prevent seizures.

If you feel like you want to start using CBD oil and a treatment for your herpes simplex virus, make sure that you consult your doctor first. This is extremely important because firstly, you don’t want to be doing anything illegal, seeing that cannabis is not legalised in the majority of the world, secondly, it’s important that if and when your doctor can prescribe you medical cannabis, that you are taking the correct dosage amount. Too little or too much might not have the ability to help treat your ailment. Even if you are given too much, don’t worry, because it’s practically impossible to overdose on cannabis. It is possible but extremely difficult to do so. You can consume over 400 times your own body weight to have any chance of overdosing. IF you are taking medication for your ailment, and want to wean off it because you feel that medical cannabis is working for you enough that you are able to stop other medication, make sure to consult your doctor first.

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