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Can Someone Be Allergic To CBD?

Can Someone Be Allergic To CBD?

By Spike Bowan   |   June 10, 2018

Is It Possible To Have An Allergy To Cannabis And CBD?

It is a question that I am sure some people are very concerned about.

The answer is yes.

It is possible for a person to have an allergy to just about anything. With the growing use of cannabis based therapies, it was only a matter of time before allergens began to develop and gain more and more notoriety.

As it is with any therapy, there are occasional side effects. Some of the known side effects of CBD Oil and cannabis therapies may include:

  1. Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism/decreased activities of p-glycoprotein and other drug transporters.
  2. Dry mouth.
  3. Increased tremor in Parkinson's patients.
  4. Low blood pressure.
  5. Lightheadedness.
  6. Drowsiness.
  7. Cbd terpene rich topical serum

What about allergies though? I have seen a few personal testimonies online where people stated that they have had slight rashes, itchy and watery eyes, and in one case moderate dyspnea (difficulty breathing). Recent studies being conducted do show there are cases and the potential for cannabis therapies to be allergens in some people.

 “Indeed, studies show that certain individuals can experience an allergic reaction when exposed to parts of the cannabis plant.

But interesting enough, the fact that cannabis can be classified as an allergen wasn’t well known in the scientific community until recent years.

The most recent study into cannabis allergies was published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in 2015. The study by Dr. Thad Ocampo et al. expanded on previous research by identifying specific proteins responsible for marijuana allergies. Namely, RuBisCo, luminal binding protein, and certain parts of ATP sythase.

Like other allergies such as hay fever, the study found that exposure to specific proteins found in cannabis could trigger an abnormal immune response in some individuals.A 2012 study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology identified marijuana as an allergen by performing a case study. 17 patients were exposed to skin-prick tests using a marijuana extract. All of them developed adverse skin reactions like rashes and hives, while 15 also experienced runny nose and wheezing.

Those are common reactions in people who have a marijuana allergy. In more extreme cases, anaphylactic shock can occur and that can be very serious, even leading to death.

Overall though, marijuana allergies are very similar to pollen allergies and as it turns out, people with marijuana allergies are very likely to be allergic to other pollen producing plants as well, like ragweed or pigweed.”

This article is meant to educate and not intimidate, and should be viewed as a helpful and educational aide. Not as a deterrent .

As I always tell people, please consult your doctor before taking ANY supplement. Even an over the counter CBD oil. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stop your usage of CBD and consult your physician immediately.


The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine. 

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