Can Someone Be Allergic To Weed
If you’re an avid reader of this site (thank you for reading!), then you know that we are always looking for new ways to help our readers learn about their allergies and asthma conditions. We also have a lot of information on weed specifically because it is becoming more accepted as a form of medicine and recreational drug. This article will focus on one specific type of weed – cannabis. For those who aren’t familiar with the term “cannabis,” it’s basically any part of the marijuana plant including leaves, stems, buds, resin, etc. The active ingredient found in the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) within these different parts is what makes people feel high.
When used medicinally, there are several forms of cannabis available including oils, edibles, patches, inhalers, tinctures, and topicals. One way to get the benefits from cannabis without getting stoned is through products like CBD oil which does not contain THC. But while medical research is still relatively young in regards to cannabis, there is some evidence suggesting that regular use may reduce certain types of cancer, diabetes, arthritis pain, anxiety, and depression.
For those interested in using it recreationally, there are several methods of consuming cannabis such as smoking, eating, vaping, and applying topical creams. With so many ways to consume the substance, it’s easy to see why someone could be allergic to it. If you’ve ever had a reaction to a certain food or medication, it’s natural to wonder if something similar might happen when coming into contact with a product containing cannabis. And just like other substances, there are possible side effects associated with cannabis use. Some of the most common reactions include:
Contact or touching the plant can result in breaking out in rashes, hives, or swellings called angioedema.
Breathing or inhaling cannabis allergens can result in nasal or ocular or eye allergy symptoms.
Dry eyes or blurred vision caused by irritation from smoke or residue on your skin.
Nausea or vomiting after taking too much edible cannabis.
Difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest after having smoked cannabis.
Headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or drowsiness after taking cannabis-based medications.
Trouble sleeping due to paranoia or fear of being stoned.
Fever, rash, or redness around mouth or nose area after having come into contact with vape pen cartridges
And since each individual reacts differently to things, it’s important to talk with your doctor before experimenting with anything. While cannabis can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals, it doesn’t mean every single person has a problem with it. It’s estimated that only 1 percent of Americans suffer from an actual cannabis allergy. That means that 99 percent of us can safely enjoy it without worry. However, it’s best to avoid making assumptions and take precautions to avoid experiencing negative side effects.
So what exactly causes a cannabis allergy? According to Dr. William D’Angelo, Director of Research at the University of Southern Maine Center for Clinical Investigation, it all comes down to how a person is exposed to the substance. He explains, “Allergy to cannabis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks normal proteins.” In order to understand how this happens, it helps to look at the process of how an allergy works. When pollen gets lodged under our nostrils, our bodies recognize it as foreign matter and begin producing antibodies against it. These antibodies go on to attack any protein that resembles the pollen causing them to release histamine, a chemical that causes inflammation and results in swelling. Histamines are normally released during times of stress, but they can also be produced by mast cells in response to allergies. Mast cells are responsible for releasing inflammatory mediators like leukotrienes, prostaglandins, cytokines, and tryptase. Tryptase, for example, is released from mast cells in response to antigens, peptides, drugs, and toxins. When activated, mast cells release a number of chemicals that activate nearby blood vessels leading to inflammation. Cannabis contains many cannabinoids which mimic endocannabinoids naturally produced by our body. The cannabinoid receptors CB1R and CB2R are located primarily in areas where they regulate our immune function. So essentially, when the immune system recognizes cannabinoids as foreign, it begins attacking our own tissues.
In addition to the possibility of an allergic reaction, there are other factors that should be considered when deciding whether or not to partake in cannabis. For instance, pregnant women shouldn’t use cannabis because it can affect the development of their fetus. Those with lung problems should avoid inhaling the fumes from cannabis cigarettes or vaporizers. Also, children under the age of three should never ingest edible cannabis, and those with glaucoma should refrain from using cannabis eyedrops.
While allergic reactions to cannabis are rare, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry. If you think you may have a cannabis allergy, it’s smart to speak with your physician first before trying to experiment on yourself. As mentioned earlier, even though less than 1 percent of Americans actually experience a cannabis allergy, it’s still important to keep an open mind and discuss potential risks. After all, no one wants to miss out on potentially beneficial treatments!
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