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Can The Cannabis You Smoke Cause Hay Fever?

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Pollen from blooming spring buds is often to blame when allergies flair up as the seasons change. Spring has sprung and it’s finally warm enough to head outdoors, yet it’s also sinus season for cannabis smoking citizens who suffer from hay fever. But could the source of the cause be right in front of your nose? Does weed have an impact on seasonal allergies? Can you really be allergic to cannabis?

Stories of cannabis allergies have been popping up at a growing rate, with studies revealing a variety of symptoms. In an article entitled “Emerging allergens: Cannabis”, researchers found that the sativa, in particular, can cause a number of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), conjunctivitis (pink eye), skin rashes, and asthmatic symptoms when smoked, inhaled, or chewed. 

Before you freak out, it’s important to identify the difference between legitimate cannabis allergy symptoms and allergic reactions to substances found in cannabis that are not actually inherent to the plant, such as molds. Stoners with fungi allergies should rather pass on a moldy butt.

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Moldy cannabis butt can cause hay fever

Can cannabis be the perfect cure for hay fever?

Research shows that THC and CDB, both known for their anti-inflammatory properties, can help keep your airways open.

Sounds like good, right? Not necessarily. There are some things to take into consideration…

If you suffer from hay fever, there is a good chance that your throat and sinuses are inflamed during the pollen season. Smoking a joint can further irritate the throat, respiratory tract, and sinuses.

Best advise for stoners suffering from hay fever?

Consume cannabis as an edible. Cannabis-infused coconut oil may be an especially good choice during a seasonal allergy flareup, due to the oil’s antimicrobial properties.

Currently, there are no human studies on using CBD for allergies, however, many hay fever sufferers are seeing positive results from CBD oils. Theoretically, CBD may help with allergies through its stimulation of the endocannabinoid system, which modulates inflammation.

If you are thinking about using CBD oil for your allergy symptoms, it’s best to have a chat with your doctor first.

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