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question about MMJ and allergies

JWMJJWM Posts: 291
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Pain Medications
There's no definitive 'common side effects; severe side effects; drug interactions' document online for Medical Marijuana, so..

I have mild pollen/plant allergies, nothing extreme though. Every time I medicate with marijuana by smoking, to a 'well medicated' degree, I find that my nose gets stuffy, but dry, shortly after, and then it goes away after 30-60 minutes, sometimes longer. I don't experience these effects when ingesting edibles, or using a vaporizer. Neither of those methods introduces plant material into your body, so I figure it's just that I'm slightly allergic to the plant material, but not the THC. It is not likely related to pollen, as typical medical grade marijuana is harvested from female ONLY plants which contain no pollen.

That would make something like this following article a bit irrelevant unless you work with maybe marijuana cultivation for hemp fiber harvesting I suppose? NYTimes article

I feel like it's an odd topic to start, but it's not really. You can be allergic to pretty much ANYTHING, all the meds we take, foods, plants, perfumes, so why not. I suppose I have just never thought 'can you be allergic to marijuana?'.

That's one area where millions of americans could benefit; if we had comprehensive, unbiased information on this medicine. But, we don't.. (come on FDA! =P)

Do you have the same problem? Any thoughts on the matter?




  • well considering MJ is a plant, it seems allergens to various pollens may happen esp. if grown outdoors.Of course, indoor grown would take that out of the mix more than likely, but, molds may have a bigger degree of fault IMHO.Do you have reactions to molds at all? Could be factors at the grow sites or fertilizers used as well.Edibles are usually cooked so it would negate molds effects if I remember correctly.

    I know a friend of mine who for the most part is straight as an arrow-beer, cigs-- is very allergic.We were at a concert and someone in the crowd lit one up and he breathed in a bit cuz he got wheezy, red eyed, and fatigued within 20 minutes.Being musicians the substances go around our circles and I have seen it happen multiple times now.
  • Thanks for the reply. You're definitely not wrong about any of your ideas on why it could bother; the pollen one is mostly negated by the fact that the plants used are all female and don't produce pollen, unless contaminated after cutting them. It is possible a mold forms that is not visible during the curing process.. Molds are known to be relased from forests/etc during fires(burning), which is likely why the vaporizer helps; it heats the substance to just the point where the useful chemicals become a vapor, and the rest never burns.

    The edibles do avoid this problem all together, as does the vaporizer, for me at least. Well, I just wondered if I was the only one.. there might be a better forum for this question, but the info could be important for those in legalized countries/states considering using it. I'm on a quest for a solid answer, as it's really not a typical allergy response, doesn't happen with tobacco, etc, and will post if I find anything compelling.
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  • Yes, indeed that would be informative to say the least.
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