Controversy has always surround the use of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, with the World Health Organization (WHO) listing a string of severe side effects that can result from it uses. These include autonomic neuropathy, Dysautonomic syndrome, chronic fatigue and multiple system atrophy.
However, Israeli researchers may have found a way of reducing the side effects experienced from using the HPV vaccine, in hemp-derived CBD oil. This cannabis product has a range of health benefits and medical uses, and in a HPV context, can significantly improve the quality of life of girls who have been given the vaccine.
HPV vaccines and using CBD
The potential of CBD oil as a short-term way of reducing side effects from the HPV vaccine and enhancing quality of life was investigated by the Israel Medical Association Journal.
The studies consisted of 12 women between the ages of 12 and 24, afflicted with severe somatoform and dysautonomic syndrome as a result of the HPV vaccine. A 25mg dose of CBD-infused hemp oil was administered to patients via the sublingual method daily for three months.
Twenty patients made it to the end of the study – four dropped out, two because they found CBD failed to improve their symptoms. However, the overwhelming consensus of those who did complete the trial was that the CBD oil helped reduce physical pain, improve sociability and increase vitality.
Dysautonomic Syndrome explained
Dysautonomic syndrome affects the autonomous nervous system and can be extremely debilitating. Even in fit and healthy teenagers, dysautonomia can cause problems in the functioning of the heart, blood vessels, intestines and thyroid glands – this list is by no means extensive.
Patients with dysautonomia often report low blood pressure, dizziness, blurred vision, anxiety, hypotension, urinary incontinence and issues when swallowing. Dysautonomia is life-threatening, with the condition able to cause acute respiratory failure or cardiopulmonary arrest.
Rightful concern over HPV
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and that nearly every sexually active person will be afflicted by it at some stage of their sexual life. Complications such as cancer and genital warts are known to arise from specific types of HPV.
Around 80 million Americans are thought to have HPV, according to the most recent figures – 14 million are thought to be infected annually. The prevalence of HPV has led the CDC recommend that all 11 and 12-year-olds – even those not sexually active – are treated with a minimum of two HPV vaccine doses, despite the known side effects.
Risk assessment: is the HPV vaccine worth it?
It’s not surprising that many are hesitant about letting their children have the HPV vaccine, due to the side effects and the questionable effectiveness of it. Checking for cervical health through annual pap smears is already advised.
Therefore, is it worth bothering with the HPV vaccine if it doesn’t offer any discernible benefit to the health of a young girl? The idea of reducing symptoms with CBD oil is appealing to some, but many are still doubtful over whether the vaccine should be used.
This is true for Dr Dianne Harper, a former HPV vaccine advocate who now decries them as not just useless but possibly dangerous. Harper used to promote the Gardasil vaccine, but recently said that it had no effect on reducing cervical cancers, it just postpones them. This is unless the protection lasts for a minimum of 15 years and around three-quarters of the sexually active female population are treated with the vaccine.
However, for those who have been given the vaccine, CBD oil can make life easier.