Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV) the same virus that causes chickenpox. After the episode of chickenpox has resolved, the virus remains in a dormant state in certain nerve cells of the body located in the spine. In certain individuals and for reasons that are not completely clear, the varicella zoster virus may reactivate years later and travel along nerve paths to cause shingles.
Symptoms of Shingles
Some people also experience:
Cannabis is known for its effective analgesic qualities, especially in relation to neuropathic pain, which is the kind of pain most often caused by shingles.
Endocannabinoid receptors are found all over the body, so they are not blocked in the same way as other receptors, allowing for cannabis to provide pain relief in a way other products cannot. Cannabis also has neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties that can greatly reduce the pain and long term effects caused by Shingles.
Cannabis topicals can come in the form of salves, creams, balms, or oils and they are absorbed through the skin. The topical products bond to CB2 receptors when they are absorbed into the skin and provide localized pain relief.
THC infused topical products can also provide people with anti-inflammatory medication to help decrease inflammation that causes pain and physical rashes on the body.