- The studies confirm the possible efficacy of cannabis against the infamous herpes virus
The use of cannabis ointments for skin infections such as eczema, psoriasis and common abrasions is already well mapped and widely used. This time, however, surprising evidence of the effectiveness of this versatile plant against the infamous herpes virus comes to the surface.
What is herpes?
Herpes is a family of viruses responsible for a variety of human body diseases, including chickenpox, shingles, common cold sores, genital herpes, or Epstein-Barr virus, which causes infectious mononucleosis. In the body of those who have already been infected, the virus remains forever.
However, the symptoms of the virus begin to show only when the proper activity of the immune system is suppressed. This is the main reason why the onset of symptoms, such as common cold sores, occurs during periods of stress off. Stress results in the release of the hormone cortisol, which result will reduce the function immune system.
"The family of herpes viruses is very numerous, but so-called hepres simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 are the most common."
Herpes simplex 1 is a virus that causes common cold sores and is transmitted by body contact. Herpes simplex 2 is a sexually transmitted infection that causes ulcers and sores in the genital area. Not only are cold sores a very unpleasant "companion", we are usually ashamed of them and they are very unsuitable in our everyday life.
Chickenpox and Epste virusIn-Barr are commonly treated with standardized treatments, but herpes genital and upper body drugs are still prescribed with medicines such as Acyclovir, which can, among other things, cause mental changes and hallucinations. For some, interesting, but most unwanted for most of us. More common, but no more pleasant side effects are nausea, vomiting, headache or diarrhea.
It helps therapeutic marijuana against herpes virus?
It is because of the numerous and unfortunate side effects of todays treatment that mpatients start looking for an alternative. Fortunately, there is salvation medical cannabis which was already very promising in preclinical studies.
For the first time, cannabis was a potential therapeutic aid against herpes considered by scientistsas early as 1980, who did not hesitate to perform a number of in vitro experiments. Researchers chose as the main researcher THC cannabinoidand put it in the fight against herpes simplex virus 1 and 2.
"After administration THC replication of both types of herpes virus was successfully suppressed, which was repeated and confirmed in more recent studies of 1991 and 2004. "
In a study of the year 1991 researchers have further observed that THC is capable of sweatalso to infect the genital herpes virus.
The following year study 2004again confirmed THC functionality as a "suppressor" of the replication capability of both species of virus.
Eventually,clinical research 2010 showed the effectiveness of synthetic cannabinoids applied through face cream used against so-called post-herpetic neuralgia - pain occurring in shingles. Kanabino The current therapy was a huge success in this case and was able to reduce the pain of patients by an average of 87%, which is definitely a remarkable figure.
In addition, conopaque cream was well tolerated by the study participants and did not cause any negative, side effects.
So, can medical cannabis cure the symptoms of herpes virus?Unfortunately, it is still impossible to answer this question with 100% certainty. However, past and ongoing research suggests that cannabis may offer us an excellent weapon against this extremely unwelcome virus in the future. Let the research continue.