New Research Suggests That Medical Marijuana Can Treat Herpes

Cannabis oil and topicals have been known to produce impressive results on skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and different kinds of abrasions.
By Maria Loreto / The Fresh Toast

Cannabis oil and topicals have been known to produce impressive results with skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and different kinds of abrasions. A study conducted in 2010 tested a facial lotion that contained cannabinoids on people with postherpetic neuralgia, a pain condition similar to shingles, and the results were very surprising, demonstrating that the lotion reduced pain by 87 percent. New research suggests that several components in the cannabis plants may produce similar effects for herpes outbreaks.


Herpes is a virus that can take on many different forms, producing different sorts of ailments. There’s genital herpes, shingles, cold sores, etc. Once the virus affects someone, it remains in their bodies, making them more susceptible to developing other kinds of herpes, which might pop up when their immune system gets compromised by high stress or the influence of other diseases.

While only small researches and studies have been conducted, the results show a promising future for treating herpes with cannabis. A study from 1980 treated two groups of infected human cells with THC, one with herpes simplex 1 and the other one with herpes simplex 2. In both cases, the THC stopped the replication of the virus. These results were replicated in different researches in 1991 and 2004. Other studies found interesting results, like the possibility of THC suppressing the spread of genital herpes infections and of reducing the replication of the herpes virus in human cells that have been cultivated in vitro.

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All of this information suggests a connection between herpes and cannabis. For marijuana to be considered a viable solution for the disease, the necessary research and studies need to be conducted.

Maria Loreto writes on marijuana for The Fresh Toast.

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