As marijuana continues to become legal across the nation, one problem that may be overlooked is one of the most common health issues around—allergies. According to an article in CBS News.com, doctors are warning that it’s possible to be allergic to pot.
Research published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pointed to medical evidence looking at cases of allergic reactions to the marijuana plant. The report stated, “Although still relatively uncommon, allergic disease associated with cannabis sativa exposure and use has been reported with increased frequency.”
The research claims that the marijuana plant contains allergens just like any other plant. Cannabis pollen can cause symptoms like inflammation of the nasal passages, sneezing, congestion, itching, runny nose, eye inflammation and asthma.
The authors of the research also claimed that “in people with allergies, just touching the plant can cause skin reactions such as hives, itching and puffiness or swelling around the eyes.”
The article also looks at the research that was done on edible cannabis products and their likelihood to cause allergies. One patient in a study suffered a serious reaction after eating hemp seed-encrusted seafood and needed antihistamines and a shot of epinephrine. Tests found he wasn’t allergic to seafood, but rather hemp seeds from the cannabis plant.
The study went on to warn doctors to be aware of marijuana as a possible source of allergy symptoms when making a diagnosis.