Is it Possible to Have a Cannabis Allergy?


For every substance in the world, there is likely a human that is allergic. But, is ‘cannabis allergy’ possible? Most of us have some form of an allergy. Dust or pollen might make you sneeze. Or maybe you know someone who has something more severe, like a life-threatening allergy to nuts or shellfish. But, did you know that there is such a thing as a cannabis allergy? Although cannabis consumption dates back thousands of years ago, the first cannabis allergy was only really established in 1971. While reporting allergies to illegal substances is relatively uncommon, research tells us that reporting of cannabis allergies are on the rise alongside legalization. So, increasing legalization may create an environment where people who take cannabis feel more comfortable reporting an allergy.  What Is An Allergy? An allergen is anything that causes an allergic reaction, e.g., pollen, food, medication. As an allergen enters the body, it triggers an antibody response. An antibody is a blood protein that attaches to mast cells. When allergens come into contact with antibodies, the attached mast cells release histamine, which causes typical symptoms such as: Excess mucus Sneezing Itching Eye-watering Difficulty breathing Rashes Moreover, in severe cases, an allergic reaction can cause anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical attention, as it can be fatal.  What Does A Cannabis Allergy Look Like? Just like any allergic reaction, cannabis can produce a range of symptoms that vary depending on the form of cannabis with which a patient has come into contact. Each consumption method produces different symptoms in varying severity. Inhaling cannabis pollen has been shown to cause: Allergic rhinitis Conjunctivitis Asthma Exposure to cannabis smoke may cause: Nasal congestion Sneezing Itchy throat Difficulty breathing Skin contact may also be a problem, with cases describing reactions like: Hives Itching Swelling Hemp seed oil…

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