Marijuana Allergies on the Rise!
"Cannabis sativa is a weed and it causes reactions just like any other pollen allergy," said William Silvers, MD, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. Silvers' clinic began to see people with allergic reactions to the plant after the increase in direct exposure that accompanied the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado. For people with allergic tendencies, first- and second-hand exposure to C. sativa will increase "classic responses," such as allergic rhinitis, sneezing, wheezing, itching, and asthma, he told Medscape Medical News.
@lalima The type of exposure to C. sativa is also a factor. Smoking the plant can induce typical allergic responses, the ingestion of hemp seed has been known to induce anaphylaxis, and "working with the plant can lead to dermatitis or contact urticaria," he explained. The health risks and benefits associated with C. sativa will be discussed at the upcoming American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) 2020 Meeting in Philadelphia. The new AAAAI cannabis working group will also meet during the event to discuss the next steps for patient care.