Many people in this day and age love to smoke marijuana to get high. Its very popular way for people to get away from their troubles and feel good. But what we don’t know is that some people are in fact allergic to marijuana.

What Causes Allergies

An allergy can be developed in a person if he or she is exposed to marijuana according to the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) (AAAAI). The ways a person can be exposed to cannabis is by:

  • smoking marijuana
  • consumingmarijuana
  • touching marijuana
  • inhaling marijuana pollen in the air

It was suggested that a particular strain of cannabis called Cannabis sativa was irritating to many in a research published back in 2013.

People who are allergic to cat dander, plants and dust mites are more likely to be allergic to cannabis according to a study back in 2018.


Symptoms that are commonly seen in an allergy relating to marijuana are:

  • itchyand sore throat
  • sneezing
  • a dry cough
  • red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • itchy eyes
  • a runny nose
  • nausea
  • congestion

Taking the drug could cause one to contract dermatitis, a skin condition  that has several symptoms:

  • blisters
  • irritated skin (redand inflamed)
  • dryness of theskin
  • itchiness
  • hives

Some of the symptoms of marijuana allergies could happen immediately after being exposed to the plant. However, in some cases, the symptoms would not be obvious for an hour or longer.

The more severe allergic reaction of marijuana, though not very common, is known as anaphylaxis. This is a fatal condition which occurs in just seconds or minutes when exposed to marijuana.

The symptoms of anaphylaxis are:

  • lowerblood pressure
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting
  • nausea
  • unusual heart rhythms
  • dizziness
  • itchy and flushed or pale skin
  • swelling in the nasal passage

The severity of anaphylaxis could extend to a coma or worse, death. With this in mind, immediate medical attention is no doubt needed in this situation.


The most obvious step to take when having faced the symptoms before, is to quit marijuana immediately.

By Aaron
4th May 20:27

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