The myths that have tarnished the reputation of cannabis for decades are finally beginning to fade. Millions of French people now use cannabis and its derivatives to promote recovery, naturally manage pain and improve their mental well-being.
However, there is still one question that many new users ask about hemp: can you be allergic to cannabinoids?
In short, yes. You may be allergic to cannabinoids. However, the reality is usually much more complex than that, as cross-reactivity and other allergy triggers may be the real cause of your reaction.
Symptoms of CBD Allergy
Like any substance or food, you can be allergic to cannabinoids. However, unlike the allergic reaction you might have when eating peanuts or petting a cat, some cannabinoids can have mind-altering effects.
So, if you take a THC-containing substance, it's best to learn the symptoms of a reaction to avoid paranoia or a bad high.
The typical symptoms of a cannabinoid allergy are similar to other allergic reactions. You may encounter:
- A runny nose;
- Itchy, watery, swollen eyes;
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing;
- Skin rashes and hives.
Anaphylaxis has occurred in people who have ingested hemp seeds, most often. This usually presents as a rash, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and shock.
It's possible that cannabinoids are present in trace amounts in foods or items that you use regularly, so check the ingredient list if you experience any of the above symptoms.
It should be noted that allergies and side effects are not the same things. You may experience common side effects from CBD products like drowsiness, lack of appetite, and potentially liver problems.
However, most research into the side effects of CBD is in its infancy, as science catches up to its widespread use.
It is possible to be allergic to cannabinoids. However, you may experience a cross reaction. It is the interaction of the cannabinoid and another substance in the product you are using or ingesting.
This may be the case if you have used cannabinoids before and suddenly develop a reaction when using a different product or consuming a different food.
If you suspect cross-reactivity is the cause of your allergy, it may be worth contacting your supplier. They may be using a new ingredient that mixes poorly with the cannabinoid you are using and causes a reaction.
You should also write down all of your dietary decisions related to the allergic reaction. Common sources of cross-reactivity with marijuana include:
Avoiding products that use these ingredients – and avoiding them in your diet in combination with cannabinoid use – can save you a bad reaction.
A careful examination of your diet can help you understand the source of your allergy. It may even be unrelated to cannabinoids and be a completely different allergy on its own.
If you have been using cannabinoids for some time and begin to feel that you are having reactions unrelated to the cross-reactions above, it may be worth contacting your supplier.
Currently, not all legalized countries require testing for things like pesticides, fungicides, and molds. By contacting the source of your cannabinoid, you can find out if changes in its production methods have caused your reaction.
More and more suppliers are investing in high-tech cannabinoid testing and production to ensure consumer safety.
Best practices to avoid backlash
The best way to avoid a cannabinoid reaction is, of course, to stop using cannabinoids. However, the same can be said for any potentially allergenic food or substance. If the allergy is not severe, you can use the trial and error strategy.
For example, if you want to use CBD oil to improve the condition of your skin, you should start with very small doses. Place a small amount on your forearm for a few days and watch for any form of swelling, hives or rash. If you develop symptoms, stop using CBD immediately.
If you want to use cannabinoids in larger doses, be sure to be with trusted friends and have all of your medical records close by. It may seem like over-preparing, but if something does happen, responsible adults should be able to get you to a medical facility quickly.
If your medical history is available, doctors can treat you quickly and effectively without the allergy escalating into a life-threatening condition.
Most people are not severely allergic to cannabinoids. However, allergies can occur, especially if you already have an allergy to tomatoes, peaches or hazelnuts.
You can minimize the risk of a bad reaction by using a very small amount. Do not continue to use any type of cannabinoid if you develop a reaction and work with your doctor to ensure your safety.