Marijuana Allergies? Here’s What You Should Know

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Some people report an ultra-sensitivity to cannabis, along with symptoms that are similar to allergies. Is it possible to be allergic to marijuana?

Allergic reactions can include almost anything you can think of, from different types of foods, drinks, and even marijuana.

According to estimates from Medical News Today, around 10% of people have an allergic reaction to marijuana. These can vary, with some doctors believing that piercing red eyes, runny nose, itchy skin, hives, and sneezing could be some of the symptoms.

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There’s an important term for allergies called allergic sensitization. It refers to the complex exchange that occurs between the allergen and the person who’s developing the allergy according to the environment they’re in. The allergy develops due to the body’s reaction, triggered by the immune system when exposed to the allergen, in this case, marijuana.


Since there’s not a lot of research available on marijuana and allergies, there’s no clear way of treating these conditions. There’s also no way of knowing if CBD or other marijuana compounds could cause these same reactions in people with these sensitivities.

If you’ve ever felt strange and uncomfortable while interacting with the plant, it’s best to visit a doctor and obtain some orientation. The doctor could provide you with a skin prick test, which can inform you on your allergies, or you could simply choose to steer clear of your allergen for the time being. While now there are no treatment options, with cannabis getting legalized, there may be some sort of immunotherapy developed in the future.

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