When people think about cannabis, they typically don’t think about an allergic reaction. This could be because cannabis is such an effective medicine. Or it could be because they have never experienced an allergic reaction themselves. The truth of the matter is though some individuals have allergic reactions to cannabis. Let’s look at the topic of cannabis and allergies more in-depth.
What Causes Allergic Reactions To Cannabis Sativa?
Like most plant allergies allergic reactions to cannabis is often a result of pollen. Unlike many other plant-based allergies, however, an allergy to cannabis can be quite hard to pinpoint. This is because the symptoms of an allergic reaction to cannabis can be very similar to allergic reactions to other plants. The common symptoms include itching, hives, wheezing, sneezing, coughing, and overall discomfort. Very similar symptoms to that of an allergy to grass, hay weed, lavender, and other plants.
Who Is At Risk Of A Cannabis Allergy?
It would be quite natural to think that those who have other plant-based allergies would be most prone to a cannabis allergy. This is profoundly true; however, there is another demographic of individuals that are also added in a heightened risk of experiencing a cannabis allergy. These are individuals such as cultivators, trimmers, and others that work specifically with cannabis plants through its growth. According to Dr. William Silvers, an allergist-immunologist who practices in the state of Colorado, even those that may not have had allergies before, especially if they are in close contact with it, could have an allergic reaction to cannabis. Silvers also stated that “people on the growing and cultivation side have experienced classic allergies such as allergic rhinitis (sneezy, stuffy nose), conjunctivitis (itchy eyes), and asthma (wheezing, coughing).”
What If You Change The Way You Consume?
While coming in contact with the plant physically could cause things such as itchy skin and hives, that is not the only way in which people suffer from allergic reactions to cannabis. When it comes to the method of consumption and it’s role in allergic reactions, there is no larger risk from method to another. In a natural sense if you have an allergy to cannabis, smoking or vaping cannabis would likely cause respiratory reactions, touching the plant would be more likely to cause a skin reaction whereas ingesting cannabis through an edible or drink would be seen more through GI related issues such as cramping, vomiting, or diarrhea.
What To Do If You Suffer From A Cannabis Allergy
Unfortunately, if you narrow down an allergic reaction to cannabis, there isn’t much that can be done. You can, of course, treat the allergy with an antihistamine, inhaled steroids, and other traditional medicines; however, the only way to eliminate allergic reactions from occurring is too sadly quit consuming cannabis.
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