Can Cannabis Cause Allergic Reactions?

Like pollen from trees, grass and weeds, cannabis pollen can cause an allergic reaction in a very small population. This topic has not been thoroughly researched, but there are scientific studies suggesting that allergic reactions may occur due to cannabis.

Choosing a GMP certified product minimizes the risk of contact with allergens. Endoca offers the finest quality of cannabis extract on the market, all of which are GMP certified. This means that our products do not contain harmful chemicals that may be caused by an allergic reaction.

Why Can Cannabis Cause Allergic Reactions?

Cannabis contains over 400 different molecules: Phytocannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyll, alkanes, nitrogen compounds, amino acids, sugars, aldehydes, ketones, flavonoids, glycosides, vitamins, pigments and water.

In rare cases, individuals may get allergic reactions to natural compounds. Terpenes, for example, are molecules that are involved in lots of food and cosmetic products, which are known to cause allergic reactions in a small part of the population. However, it should be said that if you suffer from a rare allergy then you are very likely to be aware of it already.

Are there many people who are allergic to cannabis?

Based on the knowledge available, we can conclude that allergic symptoms are rarely reported as a negative health effect when using cannabis. It is imperative that more and more controlled research be conducted on the subject in order to establish the mechanisms behind these rare reactions.

What do the scientific studies show?

There are studies that specifically investigate the effect of exposure to pollen, cannabis extract and smoking cannabis, which indicates that there may be adverse reactions. On the other hand, there have also been studies showing that cannabis can be used to fight allergies. As we see it, the evidence is a bit confusing, but one can conclude that allergic reactions to cannabis that are not associated with pollen allergies are extremely rare.

Why can cannabis fight and cause allergies?

When cannabis is smoked, it heats up and the herb burns, causing the cannabis molecules to change. These molecules are usually not found in the plant and in their altered state they may be due to allergic reactions.

Furthermore, poor indoor growing conditions, use of pesticides, improper harvesting and subsequent treatment of cannabis can cause the herb to become musty. The toxins from the mold can cause allergic reactions, which is why it is an important factor to include. Spraying the plant with dangerous substances, such as artificial cannabinoids or growth-promoting chemicals, may be due to allergic reactions or poisonings. (Also read: 'What's in your oil?')

 

Are certified products the only way to minimize risk?

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) include the guidelines required to comply with the agencies controlling the licensing and licensing of food and medical products, pharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals. These guidelines impose minimum requirements on manufacturers that must be met to ensure that the product is of high quality and does not endanger the consumer and the public.

What is the solution?

First, use only GMP certified products. Secondly, if you suffer from eg MCS (Multi Chemical Sensitivity) or generally tend to have allergic reactions, always act with care.

Another solution is to use our 99% CBD crystals, which contain only the cannabinoid CBD and very low levels of terpenes. If you are still experiencing problems, please contact our customer service and we will investigate the possibility of sending you products such as the CBD crystals.

Links:

Characterization of Cannabis sativa allergens: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3726218/

Cannabis Allergy: What We Know Anno 2015: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26178655

Sensitization and allergy to Cannabis sativa leaves in a population of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) - sensitized patients: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18268387

Selected oxidized fragrance terpenes are common contact allergens: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15932583

Cannabis sativa: the unconventional “weed” allergen: http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(15)00035-6/fulltext

Anti-inflammatory activity of topical THC in DNFB-mediated mouse allergic contact dermatitis independent of CB1 and CB2 receptors: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23889474

Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/

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