Sunday, May 14, 2017


Rise of the CANNABIS allergy: 36 million Americans are allergic to marijuana - including other people's - causing asthma, inflammation and rashes

By Mia de Graaf

Daily Mail
May 12, 2017

More than 36 million Americans could be allergic to marijuana - even if they passively inhale it, figures show.

According to a report on the nation's allergies, 73 percent of the 50 million people who react to pollen also have issues with cannabis - and the figure is rising.

Scientists warn reactions even occur in people who are merely exposed to marijuana smoke, rather than consuming the drug themselves.

Researchers found in some cases exposure to marijuana pollen or cannabis smoke provoked symptoms of allergic rhinitis, caused by inflammation of the nasal passages, causing sneezing, congestion, itching and a runny nose.

They also found symptoms of conjunctivitis and asthma.

Experts warn the issue is a matter that needs urgent investigation as more than half the country has now legalized the drug.

Indeed, a study published last year reviewed the medical evidence, examining cases of allergic reactions to the marijuana plant, also known by its Latin name Cannabis sativa.

The researchers wrote: 'Although still relatively uncommon allergic disease associated with cannabis sativa exposure and use has been reported with increased frequency.'

Cannabis pollen normally sheds in late summer and early autumn.

The researchers wrote it is 'very buoyant, allowing for distribution across many mile'.

Scientists and authors Dr Thad Ocampo and Dr Tonya Rans said for those people with cannabis allergies an act as simple as touching the plant can trigger hives, itching and puffiness or swelling around the eyes.

They also revealed eating cannabis products, such as cannabis seed-encrusted seafood, could trigger an allergic reaction.

After emergency treatment tests revealed the patient was not allergic to seafood but the cannabis seeds were the culprit.

And the study noted some people who injected marijuana developed reactions including facial swelling and wheezing within minutes of exposure.

Allergic asthma triggered by seasonal and occupational exposure to cannabis was also reported.

The authors of the article pointed out that cannabis' legal status may create barriers for accurate and clear patient reporting, and that legal limitations may pose diagnostic challenges.

As with other allergens, the researchers advised that people avoid cannabis to reduce the risk of a reaction.

For those who have a history of anaphylaxis, which causes breathing difficulties, the scientists advise carrying an EpiPen.

Marijuana's legal status in the US is changing, making information about cannabis allergy timely and noteworthy.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, and eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

The article was published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just see as more states legalize pot. That 36 million number will rise dramatically. A crackdown by the DEA in Colorado, Washington, California and other legalization states will stop this dangerous legalization nonsense.

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