In short, Yes!
Many studies conducted both in lab animals and humans show that cannabinoids, one of the chemical components in cannabis, are beneficial in the treatment of certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, has been the focus of most of these studies because of its analgesic properties. An analgesic is a drug that reduces the sensation of pain without loss of consciousness.
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The pain-relieving qualities make medical marijuana valuable in the treatment of three common symptoms of STDs and STIs;
- Physical pain
- Mental stressors
Above all, studies dating as far back as 1996 show that the cannabinoid dexanabinol (HU-211) is useful in treating bacterial infections. These cannabinoids improve the immune system by helping with the creation of antibodies. As a result, they can render some STD/STI viruses ineffective by inactivating and reducing the viability of the viruses by as much as 80%.
4 STDs Treatable with Medical Marijuana
It’s important to note that medical marijuana doesn’t cure any STDs. It only helps with the treatment/management of said diseases. Four such diseases are;
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It can develop in the cervix, rectum, or throat. In the male, it can also develop in the urethra.
Symptoms tend to vary depending on gender. In females, inflammation and virginal discharge accompanied by a strong smell are the most pronounced symptoms. In males, meanwhile, symptoms include painful swellings in the testicles and redness around the opening of the sexual organ.
The powerful healing properties of CBD are effective in;
- Treating the burning sensation
- Restoring damaged cells
On cell restoration, chlamydia is characterized by extensive tissue damage. Applying a few CBD oil tincture drops on the affected area and gently massaging the area for up to two minutes helps restore the damaged cells and tissues.
HIV needs no introduction. Caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, it is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 37.9 people are living with the virus today.
HIV symptoms include pains in the abdomen, dry coughs, whole-body fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, watery diarrhea, sores, swellings, and fever.
Components of the marijuana plant have shown a tremendous impact on HIV treatment. Among other things, the various cannabis components;
- Relieve a myriad of symptoms brought on by the HIV virus
- Help quell the side effects of current antiretroviral drugs
- Prevent mutation and spread of the virus around the body
Some HIV symptoms that cannabis can relieve include nausea, bone loss, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and lipodystrophy. Studies conducted in 2008 also show that patients undergoing HIV treatment experience less pain if they use medical marijuana as part of their medication.
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Finally, herpes is a viral infection that causes sores on the genitals and around the mouth. It is caused by two near-similar viruses; Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
In both cases, symptoms include painful sores around the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, penis, and scrotum. Lesions may also develop around the mouth, throat, and lips.
Although there’s no known cure for the disease, you can treat the symptoms of herpes simplex with medical marijuana.
- Inhibits viral replication of the STD
- Minimizes inflammation
- Reduces the associated pain
When introduced in the body, THC binds itself to cannabinoid receptors in the lymphoid cells and brain, thus interfering with viral replication. This effectively inhibits viral lytic replication, thereby preventing further development of herpes. CBD creams, meanwhile, can minimize the associated inflammation and pain by up to 87%.
4. Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a viral infection caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). Common symptoms include tiredness, loss of appetite, stomach discomfort, and yellow skin. Although mainly found in the blood, the virus can also be spread through contact with infected semen, vaginal fluids, and saliva.
If you’re interested in exploring alternative treatments for the disease, medical marijuana is one of the best options. The treatment happens in three ways;
- Cannabis enhances fibrogenesis
- Helps your body fight the virus
- Slows down the spread of the virus in the body
The enhancement of fibrogenesis in Hepatitis B patients promotes the healing and repair of tissue wounds throughout the body.
It’s worth noting that CBD also alleviates some of the symptoms associated with Hepatitis B, including soreness, loss of appetite, and joint pains.
If you or a loved one is currently battling one or more STDs, even those not discussed here, you should know that medical marijuana might help, and MDBerry can help you access the specific type of cannabis you need.
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