Genital herpes is a type of sexually transmitted disease that causes herpetic painful sores that can break open and ooze fluid. This disease is quite common and an estimated 16 percent of people between the ages of 14 to 29 have this condition. It should be noted that there exist two types of herpes simplex virus. The HSV-1 causes cold sores, whereas the HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. The viruses that cause genital herpes usually get into the body through the mucous membranes that are found in the mouth, nose and genitals.
As soon as these viruses get into your body, they incorporate themselves into your cells and subsequently stay in the nerve cells of the pelvis. The viruses responsible for genital herpes are known to be difficult to treat because they tend to multiply as well as easily adapt to their environment. The HSV-1 or HSV-2 are found in the body fluids, including saliva, semen and vaginal secretions of infected persons.
A major symptom of genital herpes is the appearance of blisters also known as outbreak. These blisters usually appear as early as 2 days or as late as 30 days after contraction. Typically, these blisters appear in the genitals, mouth, lips, and face as well as every other part that came in contact with the infected areas. Other symptoms of genital herpes include swollen lymph glands, headaches, fever, and itchiness on the infected site. A crust may appear over the sores within a week of the outbreak.
Genital herpes cannot be cured, even though there exist treatments that can reduce the outbreak. For instance, medications, notably antiviral drugs may help alleviate pain as well as speed up the healing time for the sores caused by the viruses. Similarly, good home care, including the use of mild cleaners may help keep the infected areas dry and clean.
Unfortunately, most of the medications used in treating genital herpes are costly and also have adverse side effects such as vomiting, hair loss, kidney damage, nausea, and headaches. This therefore explains why many people are considering marijuana to be an alternative effective treatment of genital herpes. Research has revealed that THC, the cannabis plants psychoactive cannabinoid, helps in modulating the immune response of the body and its T-cells to counteract the herpes virus, thereby counteracting the herpes virus and preventing it from replicating as well as spreading.
A 2010 study that was published in the peer-reviewed journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, has equally corroborated the fact that medical cannabis could be an effective treatment of genital herpes. According to the results of the study, THC made the herpes virus ineffective. The authors of the study further explained that THC rendered the herpes virus inactive and reduced its viability by up to 80 percent.
Evidences that the use of medical marijuana reduces the infectivity of the herpes simplex virus without any side effects are growing. According to findings from a study that was published in the Experimental Biology and Medicine Journal in 1991, THC preferentially reduces the infectivity of the herpes simplex virus and of course, this activity is modulated thanks to the presence of serum proteins.
Researchers have argued that medical marijuana can help patients with genital herpes in a number of ways. First of all, medical marijuana helps in reducing the anxiety that can trigger herpes outbreaks in patients. CBD has been particularly proven to reduce anxiety the most. According to a 2011 study that was published in journal Neuropsychopharmacology, CBD reduces social anxiety disorder syndrome in human beings greatly. Thus, by reducing this anxiety effect, the severity or frequency of herpes outbreaks could also be greatly reduced.
The use of CBD and THC can also reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks thanks to their anti-inflammatory effects. This will in turn also reduce the severity of pains associated with an outbreak.
It is possible to vape, smoke or eat cannabis in a bid to reduce the symptoms of genital herpes. Of course, tinctures as well as CBD terpene oils that contain THC equally work medicinally when they are being applied topically to the skin. That said, other cannabis based products including cannabis lip balms, cannabis infused honey, as well as cannabis creams also work well against the symptoms of genital herpes.
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How To Get Medical Marijuana
If you are a resident of a legal state interested in trying medical marijuana to treat Genital Herpes or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get a medical marijuana card. To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.