What are cold sores?
Cold sores (sometimes referred to as fever blisters) are clusters of small blisters filled with clear fluid. These patches happen most commonly in and around the mouth, but in some rare cases have been known to appear in the nose or on the eyes. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex 1 Virus (HSV-1)
When the blisters pop, the liquid oozes and dries into a layer of crust. While not particularly dangerous, they’re highly contagious, itchy and sensitive. It is also common for sufferers to feel tires, weak or lethargic during an outbreak. Not to mention, because they occur on the face, it can make patients quite self-conscious.
CBD, a natural cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, can treat cold sores once they develop and limit future occurrences. CBD can’t cure the virus, but it can make it easier to manage.
How can CBD treat cold sores?
You may never have considered CBD as an option for treating something like a cold sore, but it contains properties that address the main symptoms of a cold sore outbreak: pain and inflammation.
A study in 2009 concluded CBD is effective at promoting new healthy cell growth as well as fighting the pain and inflammation that are often present during the healing process.
How can CBD prevent cold sores?
On a longer-term scale, CBD can also help prevent future cold sore outbreaks. The key to CBD’s success is its immune system boosting effects. A properly functioning immune system can fight off active HSV-1 cells, and therefore impede future cold sore outbreaks, better than an embattled immune system can.
Besides a compromised immune system, there’s one other common cold sore trigger that CBD can help reduce: Stress. For many people suffering from reoccurring cold sores, stress can be a major instigator, luckily CBD has that one covered as well!
To keep your immune system strong and stress at a manageable level, adding CBD to your daily routine is your best bet.
For treating cold sores, we recommend:
CBD Infused Lip Balm
For preventing cold sores, we recommend:
CBD Infused Human Tincture – 30ml or 50ml