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A Growing Problem: Marijuana Allergies Becoming An Issue In Legal States

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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.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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