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Herpes is a general name for diseases that are caused by the HSV virus. Counting both the HSV-1 and the HSV-2 virus, the prevalence of HSV is about 90% worldwide. The majority of people who carry these viruses are undiagnosed or display no physical symptoms. When symptoms are visible this is usually the case around the mouth (e.g. cold sores) or around the genitals. Complaints are often a painful and/or burning sensation, but can vary greatly in severity. Often herpes in the genital area is worse than herpes around the mouth.

Certain types of the herpesvirus can cause cancer or accelerate the growth of cancer.


Herpes and CBD

To our knowledge, no research has been done on the specific effect of CBD on the symptoms of herpes. You can learn more about how CBD generally affects inflammation by clicking here.


Herpes and THC

Another major cannabinoid, THC, has been researched in relation to different cancer-causing herpes viruses. When a person is infected with one of these viruses, a long time may pass before the viruses become active and begin to multiply. When cells were grown in the presence of THC, this sudden activity was prevented from happening. This effect was limited to the cancer-causing “gamma herpes viruses” and was not observed in the related “Simplix herpes-1 virus”, which is responsible for genital herpes (among other things).

In this study THC was found to have a better effect than regular antiviral medication. Nevertheless, we must be careful with interpreting these results. The researchers warn that this study took place in a laboratory and that no tests have been performed on animals or humans.


Advice for using cannabinoids against herpes

The effects of using cannabinoids such as THC and CBD against common types of herpes (such as cold sores) have not been studied. We do know that CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect. One study found indications that THC works against a cancer causing herpes virus. Click here to read more about safe use of cannabinoids.




  1. www.wikipedia.com
  1. Medveczky, M., Sherwood, T., Klein, T., Friendman, H., Medveczky, P. (2004). THC inhibits lytic replication of Gamma oncogenic herpes viruses in vitro. BMC Medine, online gepubliceerd.



  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_herpes_simplex
  1. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1186%2F1741-7015-2-34



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  1. Ik maak THC /CBD-olie zelf volgens Simpson methode, sinds de longkanker van mijn oma. Het bleek toen erg lastig, aan THC olie te komen, óf tegen absurde prijzen, óf we kregen een of ander slap aftreksel v/e internetaanbieder, óf we kregen gewoon helemaal niets, nadat we al betaald hadden!
    Omdat ik het zelf maak, weet ik ook zeker dat ik goede olie heb, van daadwerkelijk 25% pure pasta (géén rare toevoegingen en géén leugens over het %THC of CBD, zoals vaak het geval is, bij de massaproductie van internetaanbieders/bedrijven/stichting SuverNuver)
    De overheid zou het daarom meer toegankelijk moeten maken, zodat mensen gewoon niet tegen zulke problemen aan kunnen lopen….
    Zelfs bij de apotheek, durven ze gewoon 180 euro te vragen voor een flesje (wel héél erg verdunde) THC olie!
    Zelf gebruik ik het voor mijn slaapproblemen en mijn partner voor de spierziekte. Het helpt écht goed.
    Mocht jij ook tegen bovengenoemde problemen aanlopen, of heb je vragen, kun je me altijd mailen: michelentiny@home.nl . wellicht dat ik je kan helpen ermee…

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