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A Guide to Cannabis Allergies and Symptoms

July 14, 2016

A Growing Need for Information About Cannabis Allergies

Nobody likes allergies, right? In fact, everyone I know absolutely despises them. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Cumulatively, that’s a huge number of people who will experience some sort of allergic reaction at a point in their life, whether it be to a particular variety of food, pollen, mold, or perhaps a more specific irritant such as cats.

What if, however, you found yourself with an allergic reaction to your job, or to something you greatly enjoyed, or, even worse, to something that you need? Stories of cannabis allergies have been emerging at a growing rate since legalization and reveal that they can frequently strike down budtenders, recreational consumers, and medical patients with a variety of symptoms.

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For example, here is one of the typical communications we receive on the topic:

“I have tried one medical marijuana, and I used it for about 12 days. I found I was allergic to it. Then just to verify it was the hemp, I smoked a little, and got the same reaction. Bad allergies, total constant nasal drip, watery eyes, stuffy head. My eyes would even burn at times. Is there something equivalent for pain, that will not give me such bad effects? Or is there somewhere I can investigate further? I think it really does some of my arthritic pain. Thank You.” – Anonymous

Given the increasing frequency of these stories about people being allergic to cannabis, and the apparent need for more information, we felt it necessary to investigate the matter further.

An Unusual Background: Cannabis Allergy Research

Allergy research

After scooting beneath the radar of the scientific community for the longest time, marijuana allergies appear to be on the rise. Just as cannabis consumption has been trickling towards the mainstream in the U.S., cannabis allergies have been attracting increased attention from researchers. The correlation between the rise in allergies and the increase in legalization initiatives is surely significant.

From the outset, we should outline a number of quixotic attributes specific to cannabis and its production that make it particularly interesting as a source of allergies. First off, similar to plants such as ragweed, cannabis pollen grains are very buoyant, allowing for distribution across many miles, which can increase their effectiveness as an irritant. Though typically only produced by male plants, pollen can also be produced by females that express hermaphroditic male flowers. That there are a variety of preparations of cannabis sativa adds another level of complexity.

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As you might be well aware, there are a multitude of ways in which cannabis products can be consumed. They can be smoked, vaporized, chewed, taken as a tincture, or used as a topical lotion. In addition to these factors, the isolation of female flowering plants, which aims to prevent pollination, increases the plant’s psychoactive properties by raising its THC content. As a result, the potency of cannabis has increased drastically over the years. Tragically, this could also play a role in allergic disease because THC has been suggested as a potential cannabis allergen.

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Box of tissues

Allergies are an immune overreaction by the body attempting to protect the respiratory system from outside invaders. The antibodies produced by the body succeed in keeping the perceived foreign invaders out, but also cause the symptoms characteristic of allergic responses. Pollen, the most common allergen, is a powder released by trees, grasses, and weeds to fertilize the seeds of neighboring plants. Mold, somewhat differently, is a spore that grows on rotting logs, dead leaves, and grasses. While dry-weather mold species exist, many types of mold thrive in moist conditions.

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Perhaps not so shockingly, given that both these allergens are associated with cannabis, researchers in Belgium recently published an article entitled “Emerging allergens: Cannabis.” The researchers focused in particular on cannabis sativa, one of the two species we all know colloquially as marijuana. They found that the plant can cause a number of allergic symptoms such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), conjunctivitis (pink eye), skin rashes, and asthmatic symptoms when smoked, inhaled, or chewed. Yikes! On reading that our interest was piqued. This is a thing; an actual thing!

What are Cannabis Allergies and Their Symptoms?

Asthma inhaler with spirometry test results

Before getting too far ahead of ourselves, it’s important to differentiate between legitimate cannabis allergy symptoms and allergic reactions to substances found in cannabis that are actually not inherent to the plant, such as molds. Put simply, cannabis can become moldy when stored and people with mold allergies may have reactions. Some people could even experience reactions to both the plant and mold.

It’s a tad confusing, but we do have proof. The presence of fungal contamination in marijuana samples has been demonstrated, occasionally being capable of putting patients with sub-par immune systems at risk for invasive disease. A case of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis attributed to the fungal contamination of a patient’s marijuana supply has even been described. Doesn’t sound good, right? It took a course of steroids to remedy the situation.

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To be pedantic, a true cannabis allergy is a reaction to a specific substance contained within the cannabis plant. In “Cannabis Sativa: the unconventional ‘weed’ allergen”, Ocampo and Rans provide an excellent review of the existing literature on the subject. They outline how reports in the medical literature have described episodes of allergic reactions, hypersensitivity, and even anaphylaxis to cannabis in its various forms.

Cannabis pollen inhalation has been noted to cause symptoms of allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma. Pollen or smoke exposure has resulted in nasal congestion, rhinitis, sneezing, conjunctival injection, pharyngeal pruritus (itchy throat), coughing, wheezing, and dyspnea (difficulty breathing).

Cases of skin irritations thought to be associated with cannabis consumption have been described. Skin contact through the handling of plants has been associated with urticarial (hives), generalized pruritus (itching), and periorbital angioedema (swelling). Anaphylaxis (a serious reaction) associated with ocular symptoms, urticaria (hives), angioedema (swelling), dyspnea (difficult breathing), and dysphonia (difficulty in speaking) has been reported as a result of hemp seed ingestion. Allergic asthma triggered by seasonal and occupational exposure to cannabis also has been reported.

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Cannabis consumption has even been speculated as a contributing factor in a case of eosinophilic pneumonia where the symptoms began after recreational exposure to marijuana. (And you were about to complain about those itchy eyes, you big softy!)

Varying Means of Exposure to Cannabis Allergens

Cannabis farmer

Much like other airborne substances that can trigger allergic reactions (pollen, we’re looking at you!), cannabis sensitization can be influenced by aerobiology. People who live in areas where large quantities of marijuana plants are grown may be especially prone to experiencing allergic reactions to the pollen.

In Omaha, Nebraska, where the plant reportedly grows wildly and commercially, one study looked at cannabis sensitization. This study noted that 61% of 127 patients with allergic rhino conjunctivitis and/or asthma symptoms had a positive cannabis pollen skin prick test reaction.

Rhino conjunctivitis is characterized by one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • post-nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Red eyes
  • Itching of the nose or eyes

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Seventy three percent of randomly selected patients in a cannabis-sensitive subgroup reported respiratory symptoms during the cannabis pollination season. Sensitization associated with cannabis consumption also has been suggested. Ominously, this study demonstrated a higher prevalence of skin test reaction positivity in marijuana smokers (14.6%) and even more so in those who reported frequent consumption (18.2%) compared with nonsmokers (5%).

For all the aspiring budtenders out there, allergic reactions associated with occupational exposure to cannabis sativa have been shown. A medical marijuana grower, who previously tolerated personal recreational marijuana consumption, developed skin irritations from handling plants. Two patients who did not consume cannabis noted nasal and respiratory symptoms after several years of work in a laboratory. One patient had more pronounced symptoms with handling of the sinsemilla (high-THC marijuana from the female plant), suggesting the possible allergenic role of THC in this case.

Whether in or outdoors, it seems that there might not be anywhere to hide. Not only that, but some European studies have investigated potential cross-reactivity between cannabis and other plants. Gamboa et al reported on a case of a 28-year-old cannabis smoker with progressive allergic symptoms who went on to develop urticaria to peach peel, food pollen syndrome to several foods, and anaphylaxis to tomato, pepper, and fig. Ebo et al further suggested allergic cross-reactivity to fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and even the possibility of a “cannabis–plant food syndrome.”

Identifying Cannabis Allergens

Close up of a cannabis bud

As we have seen so far, cannabis pollen has been shown to cause allergic reactions in several studies, and individuals who show sensitivity to it are usually also sensitive to pollen from other plants. However, this does not explain the cases of cannabis allergy caused by female plants with no signs of hermaphroditism. In these instances, something else must be to blame.

There have been efforts to identify specific allergens for cannabis with scientists pinpointing a number of possible culprits. A study published in 1971 suggested cannabinoids as allergens based on positive skin prick test reactions in case patients. As we’ve already mentioned, THC was specifically suggested in the case of a forensic laboratory worker handling sinsemilla variants of cannabis sativa.

More recently, a study identified a nonspecific LTP (ns-LTP) relevant to cannabis and named it Can s 3. LPTs (Lipid Transfer Proteins) are responsible for the transfer of lipids and other fatty acids across cell membranes and are often involved in food allergies. Further investigation by both Larramendi and Ebo supported the potential of Can s 3 as a major allergen in cannabis allergy.

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Additional studies have found ns-LTPs on immunoblotting, an analytical technique used to detect specific proteins. One study, aiming to define cannabis allergens, identified potential allergens including a protein called RuBisCO and a 23-kDa oxygen-evolving enhancer protein 2. Other less consistently demonstrated allergens included adenosine triphosphate synthase, phosphoglycerate kinase, glyceralderhyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, and luminal binding protein.

Though a lot of this terminology may seem impenetrable to the layman, the identification and characterization of cannabis allergens is crucial to the further understanding of allergic sensitization specific to this species of plant.

How is a Cannabis Allergy Diagnosis Made?

Allergy test

If you think you might have a cannabis allergy, what’s your next step? What do you do? Where do you go? Well, it’s pretty simple. You book an appointment with an allergist, of course.

The evaluation of cannabis allergies is dependent largely on skin testing. A skin prick test can detect if a person is sensitive to a specific allergen. If sensitive, to protect the body from a perceived threat, the immune system produces a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). An allergen-specific IgE blood test is done to check whether a person is allergic to a particular substance. Because IgE antibodies are unique to each allergen, checking for specific variants in the blood can help determine if an allergy is present. The tests are not invasive and tend to produce quick results.

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A positive skin prick test to a particular allergen does not necessarily indicate that a person will experience a reaction caused by that allergen. Therefore, healthcare practitioners must compare the skin test results with the time and place of a person’s symptoms to see if they match. If the results of prick tests are negative, they may be followed by intradermal tests, which give allergists more details about what’s causing the underlying symptoms. After either test, the area of the skin is observed for about 15 minutes to see if a reaction develops. The “wheal” (an itchy, red bump) and “flare” (surrounding redness) indicate the presence of an allergy antibody. The larger the wheal and flare, the greater the sensitivity to the allergen.

Although skin testing may seem simple, it must be carried out by trained practitioners with an understanding of the variables and risks of the testing procedure. Extracts for testing are typically created with crushed buds, leaves, and flowers of the cannabis plant. Differences in source material and extraction techniques can introduce significant variability while contaminants and additives in the native allergen can cloud diagnostic evaluation. Consequently, without reliable standardized diagnostic testing options and often poor correlation between testing and true clinical allergy, the importance of patient history in making evaluations is paramount.

Is Treatment Available for Cannabis Allergies?

Box of allergy medicine

William Silvers, a Colorado allergist, published an editorial in February 2016 discussing three recent patients with symptoms suggestive of marijuana allergies. He provides a great insight into the practical experience of an allergist dealing with potential marijuana allergies in a state where cannabis has been wholly legalized.

One patient, a frequent marijuana smoker, experienced nasal congestion that later developed into a chronic cough once he began work as a trimmer at a marijuana growth facility. Treatment with a nasal spray and inhaler helped to reduce symptoms.

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A second patient, without any prior history of asthma or allergies, demonstrated symptoms after exposure to marijuana when he began work in a grow facility and dispensary. He was diagnosed as having asthma exacerbated by marijuana exposure with hay fever, eye inflammation, and suspected contact dermatitis to marijuana. Treatment recommendations included minimizing his environmental exposure to marijuana as much as possible. The patient significantly improved with a prescribed medication program.

The final patient, a heavy marijuana consumer, was referred by an emergency department physician with suspected anaphylaxis after exposure to marijuana smoke. He admitted to smoking concentrate, a carbon dioxide extracted marijuana wax, that contained up to 60% to 70% THC levels. Puzzlingly, he showed a lack of sensitization to marijuana extracts and pollen tests were negative. The wax concentrate might have contained a contaminant or additive to which the patient reacted.

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Despite the low, mumbled presentiments of an epidemic, in Dr. Silvers’ opinion:

…the relatively low numbers of “presentations since legalization of marijuana in Colorado suggests that cannabis sativa is a mild allergen, with significant exposure required to elicit respiratory and dermatologic allergic reactions.”

This sounds like good news for cannabis lovers and, as demonstrated, treatment is available for allergy sufferers depending on the seriousness of the reaction. Unfortunately for the chronically-allergic cannabis consumer, as with other allergens, avoidance is recommended.

Still, factors such as local aerobiology and occupational exposures need to be taken into consideration. Antihistamines, intranasal steroids, and nasal decongestants can be used to treat symptoms of allergic rhino conjunctivitis. Asthma can be treated with Beta agonists or an inhaled corticosteroid if required. EpiPens should be prescribed for patients with a history of anaphylaxis.

There have even been rare cases of treatment with immunotherapy in the literature. One report demonstrated desensitization in two patients and improvement was noted in a cohort of hemp workers who received immunotherapy extract twice a week for a year. For those experiencing symptoms, we’re not claiming that a cannabis-allergy Kryptonite has been discovered, but there are certainly a variety of options out there.

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Although still relatively uncommon, allergies associated with cannabis are being reported with increased frequency. Allergic reactions as severe as anaphylaxis attributed to cannabis have been noted with sensitization associated with pollinosis, cannabis consumption, occupational exposure, and potential plant cross-reactivity. However, there is no reason to panic. It’s to be expected that the reporting of cannabis allergies would increase as cannabis consumption became more mainstream.

Cannabis allergies can be treated in much the same way as other allergies but the lack of standardization in testing limits validation and the widespread applicability of diagnostic testing. Much research is still needed to more accurately define allergens, develop a standardized extract, establish diagnostic specificity, and clarify treatment options for patients.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the legal limitations to obtaining cannabis extracts poses challenges as the only federally approved source of cannabis species in the United States is located at the University of Mississippi, while the illicit nature of cannabis consumption is still creating obstacles for patient reporting. If we’re to learn more about cannabis allergies, we need to overcome the former by enabling more wide-ranging research, while eliminating the latter by encouraging silent cannabis allergy sufferers to breach the surface of public opinion and engaging them in a non-judgmental way.

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  • Beverly Hansen OMalley

    Yes…there is such a thing as allergy to Cannabis. I started CBD oil about 4 cays ago (chronic pain), and now I am a big red blotchy itchy mess including swelling and redness around my mouth. I am living on antihistamines.

  • Sue

    I have been a mmj grower for 6 years, I used to get red itchy arms when we grew indoors, I chalked it up to neem oil we used for mites, however this year we grew outdoors with no neem and I started breaking out in hives on my arms when tending the plants. I don’t personally use marijuana, but it’s consumed around me daily with no issues and I have used marijuana salves on my knee and hand pain with no problems. I don’t know why it’s so bad now, maybe it’s my fibromyalgia or my immune system isnt as good now. Whatever the reason it’s a major pain in the butt, considering its harvest time and I’m unable to help much.

  • sigh bella

    Ever since I started smoking weed (a few years ago) I was smoking Sativa strains and I always was a wreck. My throat would literally close and I could feel it slowly happen, my body shook and would twitch excessively, my face got puffy, my eyes got so red, and overall i had severe reactions to being high. This was all until I started smoking Indica. My tolerance was so much better, i was laughing and having fun, my eyes were fine, and i didn’t look like i was dying. The effects of being high also were a lot shorter. A sativa high would be bad all day. Is it possible that im allergic to Sativa and not Indica?

    • M Wilhite

      I have the same symptoms. Been smoking for more than 25 years and in the past couple years I’ve developed an allergy to Sativas. Indicas are a pleasure with no allergic reactions, but Sativas makes my eyes red and swell for weeks. I’ve been thinking it was some kind of mold allergy but have recently come to this conclusion. At least going forward I know what to avoid.

  • Anon Emus

    I have been smoking da herb for 10 years ( I am 26) and never exhibited any reactions to said herb. But Everytime I smoke my BF’s dad’s stuff I would get itchy tingly fingers and slightly puffed lips..I figured it must’ve been whatever he used to grow the plant ( additives, chemicals whatever..) but last night I smoke some of his new stuff which had humongous buds and hairs ( I suspect he used a booster). An hour later I went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to ER and given an Epipen! Swollen tongue and throat, hives, runny nose dizziness ugh! I couldn’t believe it! So I really do think you can be allergic to ANY component of the plant, it’s just a pain figuring out WHICH part causes the reaction.

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    You want to rush outside to enjoy the fabulous weather, but as soon as you do, you get a running nose, continuous sneezing, and watery eyes.

    If you have had these exact symptoms each year during either spring or summer or even autumn, then in all likelihood, you have a pollen allergy.

    It is when you have an adverse allergic reaction to pollen, which is nothing but the fine powder which emanates from the stamen of flowering plants.

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  • grannygear

    Can an allergy to THC be expressed by a sort of seizure? I have smoked it for 45 years, and only recently is it affecting me in this way. The same thing does not happen with very low THC high CBD strains, but it does happen with weaker strains, say with 15% THC.

  • Oh.bella

    I have been smoking weed for a few years now and haven’t had a problem with it until I took wax dabs and every time I took a fat dab I would throw up and start getting a rash on my legs, arms, and face I would have a hard time breathing and would get a runny nose is it possible for you to only be allergic to wax and not just the pure weed ?

    • Jameson

      Wax gives me a more severe reaction than bud, so I would say yes.

  • Oledirtyb

    I started on CBD oil 4 days ago and I broke out in hives so I went to the Dr. they tested me and said I was allergic to weeds I thought it was the new cat. But I realize the only thing that it could be was the CBD now I’m on Prednisone. and my skin is a mess. mainly on my torso. But when I smoke nothing happens I just too high to think helps with the seizures but not cognition JESH! can I win PLS!

    • Michelle O’Claire

      I’m going through the same thing right now and I am not a smoker but I have fybromailga and though shit give it a try. Ya never again my face hurts so bad right now and I just started Prednisone yesterday any other tips to feel better? Please help if you can.

      • bL1X

        You could try cutting carbohydrates out of your diet. I thought I had fibromyalgia (basically a name for undiagnosed arthritis) at one point, as well. I cut carbs down to less than 20 grams a day on the ketogenic diet and all that inflammation drained out of my body (pee) and all but disappeared after a few months. I went from a moderate but chronic pain sufferer to occasional pain sufferer. I have control over my pain now. Instead of all the time, I know what I do that brings the pain on.

        • Michelle O’Claire

          I will give that a try. But just so you are aware it is not just another name for arthritis.

          • bL1X

            I wasn’t minimizing your pain, just that nobody understands the cause, yet. There are educated guesses.
            I know because I thought this was what I had. I’m not saying cutting carbs will work for you, but it certainly worked for me.

          • bL1X

            Good luck!!

        • Dejah

          “Cutting carbs” often means you cut both wheat products and sugar, both of which are inflammatory. That will help your arthritis. You may also have non-Celiac gluten intolerance. If your pain levels dropped by a large amount, that’s a good indication that you did.

          When I eat wheat, even my *teeth* hurt. When I don’t, my pain levels go way down.

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        I have a nutritionist that I’ve worked with for 4 years. Guaranteed she can beat whatever’s going on with you! Let me know if you want her info. She will work with you, remotely. Very inexpensive. Not motivated by greed – she’s a true healer!

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  • JJ Thomas

    bummer…I ingest cannabis and have restricted breathing. when I smoke it my throat swells, consuming it in food my lungs feel constricted, it’s uncomfortable to breathe. I am a 57 yr old man trying to relax and enjoy my life, family and friends. I have been growing white widow for the past two years. Looks like I will have to find another hobby….sux.

    • Jameson

      There has to be some way to counteract this. I’ve only been smoking regularly for 2 years before I realized what was going on. It does suck. I’d give a lot to be able to take a couple hits and think on another level.

    • Paul

      Its unlikely the THC you are reacting too, so consider using some form of extract – as far removed from plant material as possible.

      • concerned_newfie

        I use the extracts, it don’t matter, given my experience there’s more allergen in Indica. Probably one of the cannaboids. I did see that some strains have a larger amount of a-pantene, a known allergen that can cause skin contact extreme allergic reactions in the pulp and paper industry. Well we are smoking weed with small amount Pantene in it, then that might be a cause of the allergy, just a stab in the dark on my part.

        Actually that chemical is in peppermint oil too, and people that have allergies to peppermint have similar reactions to weed allergy. Once again a stab in the dark.

    • Spinrb8

      I’m starting to realize I’m in the same boat. Shortly after I started smoking I was getting shortness of breath especially when I went to bed. I saw a doctor and he prescribed an inhaler and use of Flonase. After a couple of weeks it seemed to have helped but I also let up on the smoking. I stopped using the inhaler and Flonase and I seemed fine. I started smoking a little more frequent again and the symptoms started again. Unfortunately the more I look at it, it must be the cannabis. This sucks… Back to the Flonase and inhaler to see if that helps again.

  • Nathan Domke

    I actually had a massive issue with a high-potency chocolate bar several months ago. I had massive overdose symptoms in a movie theater with my friends and when they took me to the hospital my parents were told I was riding the edge of going into a coma but they were able to keep me out of it. At the time I just thought that it was because it was such highly-concentrated THC but now that I’ve moved out and smoke more frequently I also notice puffy, red cheeks and sinus congestion. That gets me thinking that maybe my “overdose” was some sort of medically unrecognized allergic reaction. A penny for your thoughts fellow stoners.

    • Jake Bronson

      Are you stupid? Don’t abuse the drug and eat too much thc than you’re able to handle. You were just too high, jesus christ, think a little.

      • will rast

        Jake, again. Buddy, you need to learn some manners. Talking to people like that will not win you any friends, and it certainly isn’t helpful. This is a thread of people trying to identify cannabis allergies. Did you just come one here to mock people who are in pain?

      • Mark Samson

        Dude stop being a prick . It’s so obvious that you’re a cannabis dependent stoner that is so afraid that you might have to give up weed that your are threatened by anyone mentioning anything negative about it.

        Guess what it’s NOT safe for every. Some people have allergies to it. Some people develop CHS which is a Chronic pain and vomiting even have years of daily use because they threw their body out of balance. I had to stop for a while because it gave me abdominal pain after 5 years of use. Now I can use again in moderation, but while I don’t itch I do have a rash and It could be from the cannabis.

        Now stop acting like a frightened and threatened little child lashing out at everyone who has a difference experience than you.

  • Nathan Li

    I use to smoke kush daily for 8 years with no problems at all, then one day I smoked and felt like I could not breath, few months later after not breathing right for 2months I got some antibitoics which cleared my lungs, so I though I had bronchtis or something. but after that every time I would smoke during the high I was ok, but afterwards it felt like I could not breath at all, if I vape my breathing is not as bad aft wards but still bad. now if I even touch kush I get very itchy and break out in hives only where I touched It. which really sucks. so now when I smoke I take a bendryL haldane hour before I smoke and right after I smoke I take another which helps me significantly with breathing. I also did edibles for a time and found some that if I ate a small portion I would get high with no side effects afterwards but if I ate a large amount I could not breath at all and would have to go to the hospital.

  • Misty

    It make me sick to my stomach to smell it and major headache before and after it is smoked. I was told by doctors I’m allergic to it and causes hives

    • choose_love

      To be honest, I’ve had the same reaction for years. I used to go to music concerts all the time, and people would smoke it around me and i would break out in hives and start vomiting. Then, when i’d walk away from the smoke, I’d feel much better. It took me a while to figure out the correlation but it’s never without fail the reaction around it and it’s awful when I’m just trying to get stuff done and outside walking when a huge whiff of it comes into my face and lungs from users smoking it outside in public.

      As for possible causes of my own allergy to it (and I’ve eaten hemp in vegan burgers by the way and had a terrible physical reaction to it, chest pains, difficulty breathing) back when I was in my late teens/early 20’s my sister jessica dated a man that owned a tanning salon in melrose, mass. He had these lotions called Hempz and I got them for free. Well, I used wayy too much of them over a couple of years I guess, as it did make my skin incredibly soft and I liked that, but one day I put it on and my whole face turned bright red and i couldn’t breathe. I had to drink a lot of water and take a shower in order to get through that. And, my mother smoked weed in her youth, I’m not sure how but perhaps that could manifest as potential allergens in her children? I’m probably reaching there but the large amount of HEMPZ lotion I used could have been my allergy causer, as far as I know.


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  • Kaisa Montene

    Hey “anonymous”. Yes there is a good medicines for arthritic pain and infection: in example (Europe under name:)Arcoxia. Then of course painkillers and diet. But if you have pain, so great you would rather die than stand the pain, i have tip for that also. But arthrotic diseases doesn’t cause you that much pain. It has to be bonepain. Or migraena. Tsolpidem tarthrate eases your pain in 15 minutes. No matter if u are labouring or with broken bone. Try if you need to. You have just messed with wrong joints, dude. Stretching joints can also help. Fysiatrist can tell you about heattreatments and electroput machines wich stimulates the deeper tissues and joints etc.

    • amy girouard

      Have you ever heard of rheumatoid arthritis. That hurts. Do some research

      • will rast

        Try a helpful and kind hearted comment next time!

  • Vincent Gougeon

    Iv’e been smoking for 45 years. Daily for the last 20-25. Allergies or not. I suggest everyone stop it before you end up like me. Long term abuse will ruin your life. I am now on day 5 of quitting which has be extremely difficult. Now I don’t know if its coincidence or what but the doctor diagnosed me with Lupus over 25 years ago. I suffer from all symptoms mentioned and a ton more. However, since quitting, I have had none except for arthritis in my hands. I feel I may have gone through decades of suffering from just not knowing. Regardless , spending your day without being stoned out of your head is wonderful. My train of thought has improved along with balance. If this ends up improving my life, I swear to god I will become an advocate for kicking the habit.

    • Jake Bronson

      That’s a personal story you idiot. So don’t tell others how to live. Just because your life sucks with cannabis doesn’t mean others do too.

      • Vincent Gougeon

        Brave man behind a keyboard

      • Jaime

        I feel possibly pesticides and maybe other allergies not even related to cannabis could be the allergen? But just because you are allergic to something doesn’t mean everybody else is allergic…And many amazing things have come from weed!! Just my opinion .

        • Jaime

          Meaning for Vincent Gougeon

        • Valorie Grace

          I wondered that myself.

        • rckoegel

          It’s thought 1% are allergic, but symptoms in that 1% will vary, and very few will suffer life threatening reactions.

          Also, they have identified certain proteins in weed that people who experience symptoms react to in medical testing. People can definitely react to other allergens present too, but it’s not as though weed doesn’t have compounds in it naturally that people can be allergic to.

          Remember, that doesn’t make weed innately dangerous, it just means some people’s bodies overreact to exposure to it. This is true on many things.

      • will rast

        calling someone an idiot is mean. I notice you using a lot of insults against people on this thread Jake. Maybe it would be good for you to try not to be so intolerant. cannabis is supposed to help release us from such negative practices. Why make people feel bad, even if you don’t agree with them? Peace and health

    • Danielle Tanner

      Thank you Vincent for sharing. I have been currently debating whether or not to quit and your story inspires me to try to quit. Namaste

  • The Deer

    I’m an ex cannabis user, I stopped smoking about 23 years ago. Still often around the herb, in all forms, as medical MJ is up and coming, and my partner smokes and vapes regularly(evenings and socially). As a homeopathic medicine and alternative health supporter, I support medical MJ and it’s relaxation uses, but I am increasingly aware of my own limitations to exposure to all forms of the herb. I don’t sneeze or get breathing problems, my problem is with PAIN. I am also a chronic migraineur, so I’m told almost daily to try CBD in some form for my pain. The thing is, even when I was in my teens and 20’s, I would have an increased pain level if I already had a headache or abdominal cramps. So I learned to avoid the social smoking at those times. As I got into menopause, I had migraines come into my life as a chronic problem. My sense of smell is heightened and I can smell even a small amount of cannabis in most forms if it’s anywhere near me..and once I smell it, the herb, a tincture(open bottle), vapor, smoke, the smell is like it’s own element that goes directly to my brain and causes pain, or heightens existing potential for pain, or if I’m having a migraine, boom, it hurts more. It’s a migraine trigger.
    I can only imagine, though I’d like to have verification, that I am allergic to the herb. All parts of the plant.

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  • Traveled and eaten

    Question….. can you have allergic reaction to the herb, raw, but not when you vape it? Medical purposes maybe 2 months, but when grinding actual herb, next day, massive head congestion/sneezing/runny eyes, like a bad cold – but clear mucus. No problem when I vape, and it has helped my migraines.
    So how do you grind the herb and not get this reaction?

  • You know what’s interesting is that I have been smoking lightly for 40 years, and occasionally I would grow a few for personal use. This year I grew 5 and for some reason out of the blue I began to itch. Specifically itching upon my arms and my legs. And I mean itching so intolerable though even if I could handle not scratching the itch during my awake life, there was no way to stop scratching when asleep. As a result, I now have bumps, sores and scabs all over my arms and legs , this due to the unbearable need to scratch the itch. And I can tell you exactly what it feels like is happening in my case. This extreme itching on arms and legs only occurs after I have been going through the plant with my hands and arms deep inside of the growth, and while in there its as if the leaves are slicing my skin, though it doesn’t feel like this immediately, but 5-10 minutes after being exposed to the leaves on my arms that’s when the extreme need to scratch begins. I think that is exactly what is happening, that the leaves are micro-slicing my arms and legs, and then with that slice comes an allergen that then is injected into me… its not fun.

    I noticed if I smoke that same genome of plant my throat immediately becomes scratchy / itchy.

    Good article, but we need much more info on this, and especially need some solutions.


    • Valorie Grace

      Lately I’ve been experiencing the same symptoms only just on my hands and exposed parts of my arms. It’s brutal. Maybe it’s the strain. I’v been smoking it for years and this is the 3rd time I’ve got this reaction. I thought it was psoriasis and been treating it as such. The pain and itching were beginning to subside earlier today after turmeric and olive oil treatment. About an hour and a half ago I had a couple of puffs. 20 minutes later, holy crap flared up like nobody’s business. Plus breathing problems and tightness in head and neck. Bummer.

      • Rosicrucian Master

        happens to me too..its from touching the oils on our outer epidermis …
        i get severe hives on my hands and arms when handling garbage bags full of flowers in our grow op…but i can smoke ,vape, do edibles and take tinctures with the best of the best.
        Its just a bit odd.

  • Patchi

    I ran my DNA results through Promethease and it told me I was allergic to marijuana. Of course I didn’t need to be told because when using I would develop a runny itchy nose, itchy eyes and a chronic cough that would sometimes go into bronchitis and once pneumonia.

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    I’m a trimmer and have developed a chronic cough. It’s a wheezing type of cough where you feel like you have a tickle in your lungs and throat. Some nights it gets really bad where I’m coughing at least 2-3x per minute. I wear a mask while working but I can’t take wearing it for 8+ hours a day, so I tend to use it only when I’m shaking out the shake from my trim bin. I also have to trim with long sleeves because I’ll develop an itchy rash on my arms if they are exposed. My nose is constantly runny or stuffed up, I can barely taste my food. I’m on two Rx meds and an over the allergy med but they don’t help that much.

    With all of that going on, I still won’t give up my job.

    • Holly Montgomery

      I get this too! And my Dr. is at a loss. It got REALLY bad when my husband’s plants were nearly done. I kept telling my Dr. I have a “flutter” or tickle in my throat I swear everyone thinks I am nuts! The cough is the worst part. Seems to be from plants, not the smoke. We had to finally remove the plants from the house because breathing became difficult. I can take the CBD oil no problem. Now I can’t even smell it on someone or I cough. 🙁 The smell is what triggers everything. Very helpful article – I am going to pass it on to my Dr.

  • Sigalמיקמק קוד Seguiמע

    I’m trying very hard to get used to cannabis. And am not succeeding. It makes me feel worse. And I have a licence to receive medical cannabis for pain. I really looked forward to stop taking narcotics. It has taken me a long time to get used to drops of cbd. Indica flowers seem to work better. But sativa wipes me out. People have said that my reaction is psychological. I don’t believe that. Are there others that also have these reactions?

  • Judi Wirtjes

    Very helpful. I do not grow or smoke myself but I am being exposed to second hand smoke. I am having severe sinus symptoms similar to what I have during mountain cedar pollen season. It is also starting to effect my lungs. At least now I know I am not crazy and this is a real thing.

  • Jimi Lyn Kokko

    I have been extremely itchy since May of 2016! Some days are so bad I cannot stand it. My doctors and I have ruled out almost everything. I am going to have to have testing done. My primary figures I am allergic to something! Just the previous 2 allergy testing showed I wasn’t allergic to anything though cannabis was not tested then. That would be terrible! I need this for the terrible chronic pain I have! I started ingesting edibles in Feb 2016. By May 2016 I started smoking on occassion and that’s when the itchiness started happening. It wasn’t too bad then, but as time went on, particularly this year it has become terrible, I also smoke more now and less edibles.

    • choose_love

      It’s sad that you think there are no other ‘natural’ options other than one that is actually psychoactive…
      Try curcumin. It’s actually anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactive properties, meaning it actually is medicine and will get the job done.

  • Matt Van Alstyne

    I became sensitized 3 years ago during a time when I was handling about 5 pounds of weed a month for a year, while living in the middle of a large national park for 6 years, without many weed crops around. I’m also a regular toker for 12 years. I smoked weed at 9 years old (once) my first time…

    I’ll get hives after handling weed if I’m not careful and don’t wash my hands after use. If a pollen spore gets into my nose it will cause hay fever and severe sneezing attacks. I don’t ingest cannabis often but have never had any reactions when I do. I mostly use natural antihistamines, but when I’m really reactive or have something of importance to attend I’ll use over-the-counter which works like a charm.

    To any other sufferers of this terrible allergy, I recommend switching to concentrates. If your like me and cant give up the herb, keeping your smoking space clear of plant matter, vacuuming your house often and buying an air filter that filters pollen and mold and washing your hands after handling will help substantially.

  • I have a good idea of why this is all happening folks. If you take note in the FDA laws you will see that for a farmer to use and farm genetically prepared seed and crops there are very few guidelines that they must abide by. I believe the laws constitute less than a couple of pages of directions required by the FDA. Now, if that same farmer is to say, rebel, and go against the grain and instead farm 100% organic why the FDA laws and guidelines to do as such are literally 100’s if not 1000’s of pages that a farmer must abide by. This is the exact reason for why all organic food is priced so high (And this is bullshit because it should be the other way around).

    Now, little is it known that years ago while scientists were beginning the process of super modifying our foods that there existed a few good and rebellious scientists at that time. When the FDA came down and opened things up widely for scientists to begin mass super modification of our foods these few scientists were alarmed that the FDA did not require long term or even lab animal testing on the results of consuming such modified foods. So a few of these scientists decided to go on and test in the lab with having animals, specifically rats and pigs, consume genetically modified foods. Their results were astonishing in the worst of ways.

    You see, what the scientists found with their lab tests on animals eating genetically modified foods were that #1, those animals almost immediately began to show multiple symptoms of problems within their intestines and stomachs. The problems were so bad in some cases that those animals being experimented upon would actually die much earlier than had they not consumes genetically modified foods. #2, and just as detrimental, was that the scientists found that the animals eating the GMO foods began to succumb to a multitude of allergens and subsequent allergies. But these weren’t just ordinary allergies, rather it was found that the animals being tested began to show an onslaught of new advanced allergies the likes of which we have never seen before. So the eating of these genetically modified foods helped the animals incubate advanced allergens and allergies and on a scale that quite rightfully frightened the shit out of the scientists.

    When the scientists went to report on their findings they were black listed and a few even threatened by unknown sources. In several cases many of those scientists conducting these tests were scared for their lives and actually FLED from the United States as a result of the threats.

    Now, fast forward to today. Look at all the allergens and allergies that plague people today in all their advancement. It is soooo much more a problem than it ever was before. And look at all the push for probiotics, and all the other medicines and so called remedies for intestinal problems. We never used to have these products, nor these problems, because prior to GMO foods WE DIDN’T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS!

    And there you have it, now you know the truth.

    Love, Light and Power,

  • Mariqna Kandova

    I’ve got a question – i have allergies towards cats, dogs etc. and I have the pills I need to take to help my allergies. Can those same pills help with cannabis allergies?

  • Jana Leeney

    We live in Colorado and our son is highly allergic to pot. The smell gives him an instant debilitating migraine. Even when driving by a dispensary with the windows down makes him sick. The smell on people does the same. It’s affecting his job. He loves his job and he’s good at it. He needs it for living and wants to keep it. He’s had allergy shots. takes allergy pills. Puts mint oil under his nose but nothing is helping. I hope we can come up with something.

    • Jana Leeney

      took him to the dr. and yep allergic to the smell. He said it’s like walking by ragweed that does the same thing to him. Yep, we as a family usually have different reactions to allergies.

      • Al

        Wow, that is unfortunate and difficult, I’m sorry about that. If it truly is an allergy, it’s confusing as to why no allergy shots or meds will help. Usually a doctor will need to do a scratch test for specific allergies and then they must concoct a specific cocktail of allergy fluid containing very minuscule amounts of the offending pollen or element. Have you asked the doctor about exactly how he is addressing this specific allergy within the shot? Regardless, it’s especially strange that no allergy medicine will work. Has he tried Flonase? This can be more effective than pill type meds. And lastly, I’d still suggest looking into some form of biofeedback, meditation or other breathing technique that can help minimize both the migraine and the reaction. My brother’s migraines were so dibilitating he would sometimes be in bed for days. It was biofeedback that gave him his life back.

        I wish him luck, allergies are no fun.

        p.s. – as an extreme-ish measure, if he knows he might come into contact with that smell on a certain day or in a certain scenario, an n95 respirator mask (sold at Home Depot and most hardware stores) will prevent the element from entering his system. It is no fun having to go out with the mask on, although it’s becoming more and more commonplace, but this is what I do when the pollen becomes too unbearable for me here in California.

  • Arletta Sloan

    I’m highly allergic to marijuana, of every sort I have come across – the THC, fresh plant whether pollinating or not, baked, smoked, hemp (yes, even in clothing). As I got extremely ill today, which seems to be related to dill weed, I was looking up foods to avoid if you are allergic to dill, and, that led me to another page of what to avoid regarding another allergy I have. I was really hoping to find such a page related to marijuana, Maybe there is nothing else that is consumed or smoked, commonly, that it is related to?

    If you know of any information related to this subject, I’d be glad to hear it.

    • Janine Rickard

      Hi Arletta, Yes, but it comes from a holistic health perspective, and you may not be interested in that. In short: all allergies are a symptom of lymphatic congestion. The lymph system removes cellular waste, the blood provides the “food” for our cells. In our toxic world, the lymphatic system is over-stressed, from inside the uterus to death. Hence the precipitous rise in all manner of chronic illness, at younger and younger ages, as the genetic lines deteriorate. Your DNA and lifestyle will predispose you to deposit the toxic waste you cannot immediately eliminate (from normal metabolism and from pollution) in different locations according to inherited weaknesses and the kinds of environmental assault you have been exposed to. In conventional medicine these are mysteriously called diseases, and since medical science does not identify the cause of a signal disease, it cannot and does not offer a cure, just symptom “management”.

      What you have to do to heal any condition is change your diet and engage in various detoxification procedures. Your allergies to anything should disappear. Mine did, but it takes dedication (maybe 2-5 years for permanent regeneration) and time, and most people would still rather “trust their doctor” and try to control uncomfortable symptoms, commonly those labeled “inflammatory”, with a toxic pharmaceutical or a surgery. This may, if you are lucky, temporarily relieve some symptom or other (often while creating some new symptom), but you are just squelching a warning light, not dealing with the problem, and because of that, you run the risk of developing a more serious condition later. Hence the steep rises in the terrible diseases: heart, cancer, neurological…the result of a lifetime of symptom suppression with pharmaceuticals.

      I have more to say of course, but have no idea if anyone is listening, so bye for now!

      • bonniecloer

        agree with you 100% would like to chat with bonnie

  • Bob Smoker Sacheli

    Bob Smoker Sacheli
    I’d bet it’s specific terpenes that cause the allergic reactions.
    I believe this because I breed cannabis strains .
    I’ve bred one that I believe would cause a person with Peanut allergy to have a severe reaction.
    It not only smells and tatses like peanutbutter but it feels like spread all over your face sinuses eye’s. I have a very slight allergy to peanuts and this strains is like me eating 2 cups of peanuts.
    But have no reaction to all other strains I’ve grown.
    So to conclude if you indulge in cannabis know the terpenes and which one your allergic to keep yourself from a bad experience.

    • Kane Crisler

      I know this is an old thread but you have a fantastic point to be made here

    • CBDMonkE

      Pseudo junk science. A strain that goes by the name PEANUT BUTTER BREATH is smoked by thousands of peanut allergy sufferers on a daily basis without allergic results. The name of this strain is merely a descriptor of its smell and taste, not its ingredients. It contains NO PEANUTS OR ANY COMPOUND THAT IS RELATED TO PEANUTS OR THE NUT FAMILY. It logically follows that a peanut allergy cannot be triggered by marijuana alone. If someone were to coat marijuana flower with peanut dust, that would be a whole different story.
      On a different point, what marijuana breeder crosses two plants and gets only 2 seeds? That is contradictory to the process of breeding marijuana! Are you sure you didnt get those two seeds from the bottom of a bag or a hermied plant? I think it is much more likely that a person is allergic to a man made compound in the plant, as opposed to being allergic to a terpene in marijuana that is also found in fruits, trees, foods, and other plants throughout nature. Your position would hold that a person who is allergic to linalool found in weed would also be allergic to lavender?

  • concerned_newfie

    I am allergic and still use it. In fact I had to quit for a few days as this time I think I got close to shock. In a few days I will be fine. What I did was take a pure Indica and a extreme Sativa. Its the Indica that blew me away with allergies. If I stick to pure Sativa the allergy is vastly reduced. Sativa may be your key to occasional use. The Sativa still causes it but we are talking a huge 4-6 grams a day.

  • Eric

    I get a tight chest, hives, itching, and runny nose whenever I work around the plant. I have always coughed much more than my friends while smoking and I think it has to do with this allergic reaction. I have to wear long sleeves, a mask, and always take an allega before starting work. The dry plant material does much more damage to me, I can’t sweep the floors in the shop because I get such a bad reaction. I can deal with most of it but the chest tightness and coughing make it nearly impossible to go for more than a few hours once it starts. I need an inhaler

  • Deb Stein

    I just have a bad reaction to THC. I have tried EIGHT kinds. I have been after the CBD more than THC. You would think for MEDICAL the places here in Colorado Springs, that require a med card, would have CBD. They dont. It is ALL recreational…its just to have a dispensary inside the city, they are regulated. However, that gave me the oppty to try a lot. NO LUCK. In fact, I have tried Southern Charm, Diary Queen, AC/DC, Golden Goat, Northern LIghts, and some caviar. I cough bad when I smoke so I make edibles with canna butter. For southern charm, I put an eighth in my banana muffins and ate 2. I had to call in the next day because I could not walk, no joke! I actually felt a kind of jerk (seizure?) in my head while in bed. SC is a heavy indica. But Dairy Queen is a high sativa, and it made me really dizzy. I backed off on the dosage, too. SUGGESTIONS?

  • Norm Quirion

    Has anyone had problems digesting cbd capsules? If so, has anyone discovered a solution?

  • Michael Brasch

    Perhaps we will finally get the research we need on cannabis. I have been having vertigo attacks…and I attribute it to an inner ear virus. It has been suggested that I might look into Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. Anybody have such overwhelming symptoms?

    • Kane Crisler

      Doctors told me I might have cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, every 3 months I would go into vomiting fits and can’t stop unless I go to emergency room. It sucks because I’m also a type one diabetic.

      • choose_love

        then why don’t you stop what can potentially kill you?

      • larushka1

        Check out gastroparesis. Talking from experience here.

  • Michelle Fox

    so here’s something interesting I thought I’d throw out there…I recently started using to help with anxiety and pain. I’ve vaped, used edibles and most recently CBD oil tincture. though using has reduced glandular inflammation and helped with mentioned symptoms, I have developed many of the allergy symptoms Ive read about including an eczema flare up on my lower legs. I decided to apply a face cream that has CBD in it to my eczema. it helped reduce the itch and inflammation! Im no allergist and this is very confusing to me. Any thoughts?

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    10 month update:

    The chronic cough is gone but the allergies are still a daily battle. I went to an allergist who ran a lung test and determined that I needed a daily inhaler. The inhaler eliminated the wheezy cough!

    Still get a skin rash even after taking an allergy pill.

  • Dejah

    When I tell people that I’m allergic to MJ, the reaction is inevitably, “I didn’t know you could be allergic to that!” My response is always, “Anaphylaxis is not fun.”

    I discovered that I was allergic when one of my children started using and returned home after showering twice and changing clothing. About five minutes after getting into the car, I was going into a severe allergic reaction from whatever detritus was coming out of her sweat and her lungs. I’ve had the same reaction from pot smoke wafting out of a passing car. I nearly had a car accident. Thank goodness for my children’s fast action with my inhaler and the Benedryl.

    Yes, you can be severely allergic to MJ. This becomes a bigger and bigger problem as MJ stays resident in the body for a long period of time. It comes out of your lungs. It comes out of your sweat. It comes off your skin. It stays in your clothing as the residue is oily and does not come out in the wash. In places where it’s legal, I don’t imagine I can travel. The whole state of Colorado could be a deathtrap for me, Epi-pen or no.

    While I favor decriminalization, because the war on people who smoke pot is idiotic, I also would like to stay alive and healthy. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when MJ use is common in the US. I have other serious allergies: dairy, strawberries, coconut. It’s difficult to avoid those things, but it’s possible. I can’t avoid every human who uses MJ. It’s not like they wear signs. I can’t stop *breathing.*

    This is a serious and potentially life threatening health issue for me.

    • Dejah, are you allergic to latex.. the other fruits you mention are in latex family. I ask because his is beginning to be issue for me.. if you have not been tested for latex allergy.. try it..

  • Jay Thomas

    Does anyone know where you can get allergy testing done for MJ in Texas, and if not in Texas, anywhere else? I have been a daily smoker for 15 years and in the past three years I now get super itchy all over when I get hot or after a shower. I’ve been diagnosed with cholinergic pruritis and dermatographism, and I have a known mild mold allergy, but suspect MJ might be involved, as when I go without it for a while (week or more) symptoms get better but never fully go away (then I start smoking again of course…) and usually during those times I’m not smoking (or edibles, or wax, or vape pens) I have healthier habits in general like not drinking as much and eating better, so it’s been very difficult to determine the cause. I’ve seen neurologists, dermatologists, General Practictioners, gastroenterologists, allergists (two different ones, but neither can test for MJ allergy) and an Ear Nose and Throat Doctor…

    Thoughts? Where the heck can I get tested?

    P.S. – Anyone have thoughts on whether its most likely the smoke, or the THC itself you can be allergic to?

  • kconley

    For me it’s a topical reaction . Anything with hemp or sativa causes liquid filled blisters that look like burns. Lotions, shampoos, waxes and even the creams meant to help pain all cause the same reaction. It’s frustrating because more and more products contain those ingredients. The only connection between all of these products I have tried has been the hemp or sativa. I know so many that love it but for me it just isn’t an option.
    I must be honest and say that I do have allergies too many things both natural and man made

  • Andy Burke

    So my problem is this. Please read. This is what happens to me. Its simple and unexplainable and uncommin and un-believable .But i assure you im not lying. Without smoking or consuming in any way, and this is just with my own homewgrown, i shit you not, i my head and face break out in dripping sweat. I cant figure it out why. Its the exact same type of sweating you would feel when eating spicy food. If you kn iw anything please chime in. Im gonna see an allergist.

  • Kerstin Colleen

    I’ve been smoking for about 7 months to help with ptsd but every time I have smoked Sativa I’ve thrown up. My father experienced this same thing and we reached the conclusion we were allergic to that strain. However, When I’ve used sativa in a wax pen (not taking much for fear of throwing up) my nausea has been fine. So, am I allergic to cbd itself or something in the flower?

    • Mark Samson

      You should not use if you have a reaction like that. Your body is giving you a warning listen to it ans also Research, Google “CHS Cannabis”

  • Heather Pfeil

    Interesting article, many years ago, I inadvertently ate a cannabis brownie, and immediately experienced an anaphylactic reaction, and experiencing this, the host informed that I had ingested a brownie with marijuana. It was a little awkward when getting to the hospital, having to explain, what I had eaten. That all being said, I assumed it was the THC, that caused the reaction. A few years ago I had my gallbladder removed, and from then on have been suffering with pancreatitis, weird, I know. However this long winded story brings me to, deciding to try out cannabis oil without THC, and it did not take long to initiates pancreatic reaction, so I guess it is not the THC. I decided to brave an attempt at the cream, I rubbed it on my aching arm, and sure enough, again and onset of pancreatitis. I did not on these two occasions go into an anaphylactic reaction, but suffered as severely with the pancreas’s reaction. Thought I would share, and see if anyone could shed some light on the possibilities

  • Rosicrucian Master

    when i handle a lot of flowers, like breaking up a few lbs and jarring up or trimming, i notice it irritates my skin and get hives..
    I also noticed that i have a pretty harsh allergy to hemp seed in food form..
    I smoke, vape, eat and consume tinctures and every form of THC and CBD in recreatiion/medical cannabis that exists without any issues.

    • rckoegel

      Your reaction could get worse over time, or suddenly. Don’t live in fear, but be aware of the symptoms and use responsibly. : )

    • Mark Samson

      I vape generally with no issue but touchig it or touching my eyes after will cause s reaction. I have had some strains cause some allergy like symptoms stuffed up nose.

      But there is also CHS if you don’t know what that is you should learn it when it causes abdominal pain, constipation then if it get’s more advanced later hours of vomiting. I got abdominal pain and went off for a few months and now I can use moderately and vape at lower temps without problems. People need to take breaks and keep a healthy diet with Omega Oils or the Cannabis can thorough off he body temperature regulation.

      Not sure if it the THC or Chemical or both and maybe different for different people.

      Cannabis has been sold on a myth that it’s totally safe and that is not the case always and over use can cause problems.

      I’m on this page because I have non-ichy skin rash. I had it only on my arms when I was a kid now on my side and hips and I’m not sure what’s causing it, the cannabis or maybe some laundry detergent or maybe the shower water which is filled with chemicals? Just looking for answers. But I still feel great and get the best sleep when I vape before bed.

  • Mark Samson

    I know from personal experience and that of others. That drinking some of your own Urine will help with allergies. It will stop many in their tracks and even works when applied to hives. I have heard it can also stop people from going into anaphylactic shock. I have read several books on Urine Therapy and have been doing it off and on for years with very positive results.

    I also use Cannbis and only have negative reactions if vaping too high then some times I get some abdominal discomfort. I also had to take a 2 mont break and a lot of omega oils to get my body temp back in balance as I started to have early warning symptoms that could be a warning of CHS. So now I microdose when I use and use a lot less, and less frequently. I use Cannabis to help me sleep and to enhance my life, if it’s not going to do that then I won’t use it anymore. Remember your heath comes first.

  • CBDMonkE

    What do you grow with, Miracle Gro?? Seriously, take a look at your grow medium, fertilizers, amendments, and pest control. Indica and sativa are merely words describing the specific structure of a plant. These two terms are horribly simplified. Sorry, but a person cannot be allergic to indica or sativa. It’s like saying, “I’m allergic to fruits, but not vegetables.” Are you allergic to tomatoes? What category does that fit in? Indica and sativa are two useless, outdated terms because we live in a time of hybrids and polyhybrids that require the use of terms like “sativa-dominant.” WTF does that really describe? There are just as many couchlocking sativas as there are stimulating indicas.

  • Herbert Marshall

    After visiting a cannabis show, recently last week there were many vendors offering a toke, but me by my self and the only driver well we understand. ” NOT Driving High ” I have, had bad experiences smoking sativa, it always gives rapid heart rate, so I asked is it indica or sativa they said it was a hybrid. BUT I took a short toke only inhaling for less than a second, within 20 seconds I felt uncomfortable in my stomach, I walked back to my car not feeling high at all.Started driving down the road within 10 min. I started wheezing, both my palms were blood red and itching like never before, literally could scratch my skin off. My throat was itching, and feeling weird. I have never in my life ever felt this way, but have cousins who have told me times that they go in to anaphylactic shock because they are allergic to certain foods beef, pork and eggs and keep an EPI Pen with them all the time, and I was now feeling it in the flesh so to speak, what that feels like. My eyes were not watery or runny nose, but red blotches on arms and face. I drove quickly to a CVS by the time I got there the wheezing had stopped, and got an over the counter Benadryl hoping that would help and within about 30 more minutes the sever itches stopped.
    Things were getting back to normal,
    Yeah I should have turned around and went back to the show where there was an EMS standing by. But just wasn’t thinking to clearly. I use to smoke pot every day when I was in my twenties but things have changed a lot, a lot stronger now.As a Cannabis Medical Card Holder seeking to find help in the 24/7 pain issues with 5 disc in neck, 4 in low back and at last count 23 bone spurs down my spine since 2009 and also a rare spinal disease. The body rubs, high in THC and CBD help good and the THC/CDB tinctures at bedtime really work good too, I have tried to smoke, but have always made my pain worse. Have all ways been told the strain is not the right one. But if I cannot not function what good is it anyway, at least for me, though I can understand people who are severely handicap unable to function at all. The sativa strain I will not ever try again I hope, There were 4 or 5 people there smoking the same joint. Indica has not ever had issues with me like that.I have not been in the cannabis seen for over 30 years just came back to try to cut down on the phama brands medication. I usually only buy from dispensaries and will continue have not ever had issues like this from a dispensary. Except rapid heart beat from a ready roll joint rapid heart rate yes and it was sativa. I wish I had of drove back could have had it tested to fine out the strain,