Marijuana Can Cause Allergies
Lecia Bushak has recently reported about the potential of cannabis as an allergen. She cited a study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology which revealed that smoking marijuana can cause various symptoms ranging from itchy eyes to anaphylactic shock.
This article was published on Medical Daily:
Unlike alcohol and hard drugs, there’s no evidence that smoking weed can kill you directly. But a recent study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology brings a new potential issue to light: cannabis allergies. While being allergic to weed is quite rare, the authors state that it’s an issue that may gain more importance as the weed legalization movement sweeps across the country, exposing more people to the drug than ever before.
The researchers, hailing from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, focused primarily on the sativa strain of marijuana — which produces more of an energetic, cerebral “daytime high” than the indica strain (which is typically associated more with sleepiness and relaxation). They found that among people who had allergies to sativa, symptoms varied from asthma and eczema to anaphylaxis, or the most severe type of allergic reaction that could lead to death.
In the study, the researchers examined several cases in which people either handling or smoking marijuana showed allergy symptoms. In one case, a 28-year-old who handled weed exhibited sneezing, hives, and swollen eyes afterward — and was later diagnosed with a cannabis allergy. Another case outlined a person who went into anaphylactic shock after consuming hemp seed-encrusted seafood (and a seafood allergy test proved negative).
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