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Cannabis and CBD oil for Shingles

Posted by Sydney Parrish on

Shingles is a rash that can happen to anyone who had Chickenpox as a child. Unlike chickenpox, shingles in not contagious, but does cause painful symptoms such as headache, blistering, rashes, headaches, and unclear thinking throughout the day. There is unfortunately no cure for shingles, but there are treatments that can reduce the pain and symptoms. Many people turn to pain killers or other medications, creams and topicals, or many adjust their diet. One of the most popular natural ways to treat shingles is with the use of Cannabis and/or CBD oil.


One of the reasons shingles is so painful is because it will attack the nerve cells in your body. Traditional pain killers do not typically work well because shingles damages the receptors that would usually allow painkillers to provide relief. Fortunately, the receptors for cannabinoids are located throughout the body and are not attacked by the shingles, which allows cannabis to provide relief from pain. Cannabis also reduces inflammation, which is one of the main symptoms of shingles.

There are two known cannabinoid receptors in the body, CB1 and CB2. CB1 is more frequently found in the nervous system, particularly in the cerebellum and basal ganglia. Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation.

Cannabis can help relieve the symptoms of pain caused by shingles as well as reduce inflammation and protect nerve cells. Luckily, patients can find relief from any method of consumption. Meaning they can find relief through capsules, topicals, oil dabs, or even tinctures. The list goes on and on. It is important to do your own research and speak with your primary doctor about the best treatment for your shingles. However, these studies suggests Cannabis and CBD oil are a successful treatment for the symptoms of shingles.


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