Herpes can’t be cured, at least not yet. However, marijuana may be the answer. In fact, it seems that weed can actually help to alleviate symptoms, as well as stop the virus from spreading to begin with.

A lot of people don’t know very much about herpes, and perhaps consider it something that everyone just has at some point in their life. Herpes is, in fact, a virus family and can be responsible for numerous serious conditions, such as cold sores, genital herpes, mono, and chickenpox. Also, herpes can also arise when the body gets too stressed.

Many medical professionals regard herpes to be a chronic condition, and I’m sure that you’ll even be aware of the negative stigma surrounding the ailment and those who are infected. The disease is very contagious and can be spread really easily, even sharing makeup or kissing a carrier can spread it. There are two main types of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2; the former causes cold sores and isn’t usually too serious, while the second is an STD, causing cold sores in and around genitalia. Each condition usually comes and goes, but once a person has it they have it for life, and it will pop up randomly due to any number of reasons.

There are various pharmaceutical drugs out there designed to treat the symptoms of herpes, though all of these have pretty intense side effects. The drugs are typically given to sufferers are either acyclovir, famiclovir or valacyclovir, and each of these can cause headaches, vomiting and mental health problems, to name a few. Lots of patients are searching for more natural alternative treatments which don’t deliver these awful side effects, and cannabis may be the answer.

There isn’t too much research on the subject, because lots of places around the world still haven’t accepted cannabis as a viable treatment for anything, although some early studies seem to suggest that cannabis can help to prevent the spread of herpes infection. Research published in the 1980s, 90s early 2000s all propose that cells infected with herpes stopped replicating themselves when given THC. As for handling the symptoms, cannabis is known to be very effective in relieving stress and so it seems logical that herpes outbreaks would be less frequent if patients were to use the substance.

Herpes is a condition that effects an incredibly large amount of people and is very easily spread. Hopefully more research will take place in regard to the disease and to cannabis, and scientists can start using it to work towards a cure for the virus once and for all.