Can you be allergic to weed?

“Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable” – Kurt Vonnegut

So what’s the answer to the above question? Yes, you can, and if you are, you don’t even have that to beat stress and boredom, like the world-famous writer said. If you are allergic to alcohol as well, then all you have going for you is loud and obnoxious music, poor you! (Please check out our wine allergy article – you will find it very interesting).

Everyone hates allergies. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that hundreds of millions of people the world over suffer from them, data of the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology indicate. People can be allergic to all kinds of things, even weird stuff that can really surprise you – some of the strangest allergies include allergies to the sun, water, exercise, semen and your own baby among others.

None of these are something to wish upon, but a weed allergy isn’t either. It can be tragic to be allergic to something you enjoy. Tales of cannabis allergies are emerging more and more often, especially since some states in the US legalized it. In fact, this allergy can and does strike down marijuana growers, medical patients and recreational users with a variety of symptoms.

Why are people allergic to weed?

Like with ragweed and other such plants, cannabis pollen grains carry across many kilometers, which can increase their irritant properties. Pollen can be produced by male plants and female plants with hermaphroditic flowers.

Isolating female flowering plants, which is sometimes done as a means of preventing pollination, makes weed’s psychoactive properties stronger by increasing the THC content. This means weed has become more potent over the years, which could have an effect on allergies as THC is a potential allergen.