What if you found a cure for one of the most rampant sexually transmitted diseases in the world, but nobody believed you?
Keith Gregory Barber is a self-proclaimed herbal healer who claims to have discovered a way to put the herpes virus into indefinite remission using a topical remedy of green cannabis oil and powdered cannabis root.
“I contracted herpes on January 1st 1996. Sad, sad new year. Then in November of 1999, I applied cannabis oil topped with the root powder and it never came back, Barber told Marijuana.com”
Fascinated with his results, Barber decided to tell whoever would listen about his discovery. “During the last seven years, I have treated thirteen individuals with chronic cold sores and herpes with 100% remission from further outbreaks.”
By June of 2011, Barber applied for a patent and has been trying to spread the word ever since through social media and word of mouth, but the distribution of his message has been an uphill climb. He believes this is due to the lack of research on cannabis oil in this area. He also points to the enormous pharmaceutical companies who would rather sell “treatments that don’t work” as opposed to developing a medicine that has the ability to send the virus into remission completely.
Marijuana.com contacted one of the thirteen individuals who was treated by Barber to see if the remedy is as effective as he claims.
Stephanie Boudreau from Riverview, New Brunswick suffered from cold sores and acne around her mouth. Barber applied his miracle elixir of cannabis oil and powdered root to her affected areas. “It was gross for a few days [and then]it healed within a few days. I haven’t had any since. I also used to have bad acne breakouts around my mouth which I don’t get any more either, it’s truly a great thing.”
What do the medical professionals have to say about this?
Marijuana.com’s medical advisor, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, explained why the treatment could very well be the real deal.
“Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are caused by a common virus called herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Some people are more prone to outbreaks, especially at times of illness, stress, sun exposure or trauma to the lips,” reported Dr. Goldstein. “Because cannabis contains compounds that are proven to have antiviral properties, it can be used to prevent and fight outbreaks of herpes, both type 1 and type 2.”
Doctor Goldstein went on to add that she has seen similar results with her patients as well. “I have a number of patients that report their previously frequent herpes outbreaks are now quite infrequent or have completely disappeared with cannabis use, thus eliminating the need for any treatment with antiviral pharmaceuticals.”
Clearly, it seems that the treatment Keith Barber is claiming will work has some merit. Whether or not he is successful in getting it to the widespread population is still in question, but if these results continue to be as positive as they are, a solution to one of the most stubborn viruses known to humankind could be on the horizon.
Photos courtesy of Allie Beckett.
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