As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, it’s entirely possible for a person to be allergic to pot.
Just like pollen, grass and ragweed, marijuana can trigger allergic reactions in certain people, and according to a new study, it’s a growing problem.
“Although still relatively uncommon, allergic disease associated with C sativa exposure and use has been reported with increased frequency,” the report states.
Experts say that cannabis allergies have most likely gone unreported due to the plant’s illegal status, but in the wake of legalization (both medical and recreational), more and more people are reporting runny noses, coughing and sneezing due to cannabis pollen or smoke. One patient who ate hemp seeds experienced a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
“Now as the prevalence [of marijuana use] is increasing, and with the legalization in many states, it is going to become increasingly more common, and all these cases will surface that were not recognized before,” Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist of the Allergy & Asthma Network, told Live Science.
The study urged doctors to be aware of marijuana as a possible cause of allergy symptoms, noting “marijuana might become an increasingly relevant ‘weed’ for the allergist.”
Worse for those working in the Medicinal Dispensing Business. Workers report most employee’s are being badly affected in the packaging operation, the retail store, offices and storage rooms. In cases made known, there is no air filtration provided by the business owners, and a decline in quality of life and health is being experienced by many whom have never had previous allergies. Those with known environmental allergies are having extremely bad reactions, living as mouth breathers, with troubled immune systems, and all the other symptoms of a full blown allergy attack. Going home after work brings no relief.
There are no known required regulations for control of the high levels of this pollen in this work environment. Due to the recent police raids on dispensaries in Toronto, plus the cities “zoning charges”, it is unlikely any requirements would be implemented. However this is also a Work/ Occupational Health and Safety issue and falls under the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Prime-minster Trudeau, elected on his promise for legalization, is still dragging his feet on the promised law revamp and will continue to, as a basis for winning the next election. Primer Winn had brought the Province of Ontario to its knees with crippling debt, and failed health programs-so don’t expect anything there.
Hopefully other Provinces/ US Stares have better support for workers and patients. Using any facility that is a pollen factory is possibly doing more damage than good for the support staff and users.