Genital Herpes by Kathy
I write the following because I want to help those who suffer
the severe physical and emotional distress caused by the herpes virus and
subsequent neuralgias. There
are people committing suicide because they've contracted herpes.
The pain, suffering, stigma and most importantly, loss of hope of
ever leading a normal life is too much for some to deal with!
This suffering must be prevented, and EVERYONE should be entitled to
the benefits of a natural substance that has the potential to
suppress/eliminate these unwanted symptoms.
I was just 20 when I contracted herpes.
Other than the first two months of being symptomatic, for the next
two years, I never had any relapses. So,
it was no big deal to me.
Then, when I was 22, for the next 9 years, 90% of my days,
nights, weeks and months were spent having constant, chronic, painful,
blistering, itching, oozing and extremely contagious sores encompassing
every layer of skin surrounding my genitals, anus and thighs.
No sooner did one area heal then another outbreak occurred.
When those sores healed, the previously healed area would crop up
again, and so on and so on . . .
Believe me, I tried everything including BHT, Lysine,
acyclovir, creams, lotions, toothpaste, bleach, (I would dab it on with a
q-tip), ice, anything and everything.
As if the sores weren't enough, there was the horrid pain of
neuralgia, which I experienced on every part of my body, (you can't imagine
how painful it gets when it's on your face!).
. When I took a shower,
even though the water temperature was normal, it would feel like hot drops
of grease or cold drops of sleet.
Just to touch my skin felt like a knife cutting through my flesh. The neuralgia was so significant that I could barely
walk (I had to drag my leg), I couldn't bend my legs and having to climb
steps was impossible.
Win Some, Lose Some:
Then, at the age of 31, I separated from my longtime
boyfriend of 15 years. Two
months later, I met and fell in love with another man. (I was fortunate that he accepted my condition but I was
still plagued by constant outbreaks.) We
were so much in love, yet I couldn't share myself intimately with him.
It was Memorial Day, 1995 and we went to a party.
While there, for the first time in nine years, I smoked marijuana.
For the next couple of days, I smoked a little more.
By the end of that week, I noticed my outbreak had healed.
Not thinking much of it, and having continued to smoke, after
about 2 weeks, I couldn't understand why I DIDN'T have any sores. (I always
had them more often than not). Then
bang, it hit me. It was the
You see, I used to smoke pot when I was younger, actually
until I was 22. I contracted
herpes when I was 20. Keep in
mind I was symptomatic with herpes for the first two months after the
initial infection. Then, for
two years, I was a symptomatic. When I recollected that memory, I realized
it was the marijuana that was keeping me a symptomatic.
Then, I started playing with my theory.
Stopping and starting, trying different amounts, in different
mediums. No matter how many
days I didn't use it, (yes, I would become symptomatic without it), I always
felt secure knowing that when I did use it, my symptoms would resolve almost
overnight, which they did each and every time!
And that was the start of the finish of my battle with this
Since being a symptomatic, I have experienced a new love,
intimacy, and sustained excellent health over the past six years. No more
sterilizing my hands till they bleed! I
can wear pants anytime, bathing suits and pantyhose. And, I can sit comfortably in a hot bath without nary a
worry! Did I mention the newfound intimacy?
After six years of suppression and the preceding nine years
of hell, I have concluded that one or more components of marijuana literally
suppress the herpes virus.
Basically, I believe any disorder pertaining to the CNS
probably would benefit from marijuana.
Who knows, with the proper blend or in greater amounts, conceivably a
cure is imminent?
Please keep in mind that I am a healthy and fit 37-year-old
white female. I am fortunate to
only have herpes as a condition/disease.
I don't know and cannot say how marijuana will help those in a lesser
state of health or with different conditions/diseases.
But, if it offers some hope as opposed to no hope, isn't it worth
For those of you who can relate, peace of mind will be yours
I can't imagine going back to a life of depression and
suicidal thoughts; of never being normal; of constant worry that I touch a
blister and infect another part of my body; of denying myself a life of
intimacy with my partner, and everything else!
The Possibilities Are Endless!
Several months ago, my stepfather, age 72, suffered from a
serious case of shingles. I
knew the pain he was suffering; and nothing much would take it away.
I so much wanted to tell him about my find but he isn't that
open-minded. I am certain that
it would have helped his pain and diminished the duration of the disease.
He suffered close to six weeks with sores encompassing his head,
neck, chest and back areas. And
yes, he was prescribed an anti-viral medication.
After the sores healed, he suffered the pain of the neuralgia for
Something else to think about:
How many persons worldwide who smoke marijuana and continue
to smoke it may not know they ever contracted HSV II. They may have only had one outbreak, not realized it was
herpes, and then stayed a symptomatic. This would dramatically increase the
existing number of persons currently affected with herpes.
Please Give A Damn:
To all who can be of assistance, I respectfully request that
Thanks for Listening to my words!
Lester Grinspoon, MD notes:
It is important to point out that
whatever cannabis does for Kathy, it is unlikely that it destroys the herpes
virus. Other patients have
reported that the topical application of a cannabis solution may be useful
in suppressing an outbreak. The reader will find a brief discussion of this
topic in the second edition of Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine.