Cannabis allergies? Here’s what a person needs to know

The degrees to which people react to the plant vary from case to case.

Maria Loreto 3 minute read November 8, 2021

To date, there appears to be no clear way of treating these conditions. / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Allergic reactions can include almost anything, from different types of foods to drinks and even marijuana.

According to estimates published in Medical News Today, around 10 per cent of people have an allergic reaction to marijuana. These can vary, with some doctors believing that red eyes, runny nose, itchy skin, hives and sneezing could be some of the symptoms.

There’s an important term for allergies called allergic sensitization. It refers to the complex exchange that occurs between the allergen and the person who’s developing the allergy according to their living environment.

The allergy develops due to the body’s reaction, triggered by the immune system when exposed to the allergen, in this case, marijuana.

The degrees to which people react to the plant vary from case to case, sometimes occurring when they come in contact with the plant, ingest it orally or smoke it. Asthma and other lung problems have also been reported as cannabis allergy symptoms.

While most of these side effects sound like standard allergies and not much to worry about, some people report more serious symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting when weed is ingested orally.

For people with these types of sensibilities, having contact with marijuana in any way is likely a bad idea, especially when mixed with foods such as bananas, almonds, tomatoes and other fruits, since compounds in the different elements can interact and potentially result in anaphylaxis. This condition causes plenty of serious symptoms, including shock and difficulty breathing.

To date, there appears to be no clear way of treating these conditions. There’s also no way of knowing if CBD or other cannabis compounds could cause these same reactions in people with these sensitivities.

Anyone who has ever felt strange and uncomfortable while interacting with the plant, it’s best to visit a doctor and obtain some orientation. The doctor could provide a skin prick test, which can inform the patient on his or her allergies. Alternatively, a person could simply choose to steer clear of the allergen for the time being. In future, given the increasing amount of cannabis-related research, there may be some sort of immunotherapy developed.

The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.

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