Cannabis Allergy Testing is performed to determine if a person is allergic to marijuana. Many people who use marijuana may actually be allergic to it. We use pure plant extracts for skin testing.
Recent literature published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology have combined a wealth of research to prove that cannabis allergies are real and potentially deadly. The condition grows increasingly more relevant as the legalization movement in the U.S. continues.
Dr. Thad Ocampo and Dr. Tonya Rans, the authors of the paper, focused specifically on allergies to cannabis sativa—the strain of marijuana known for inducing feelings of euphoria. Cannabis indica, the other well-known marijuana strain, is known for causing lethargy. Those allergic to cannabis sativa can present a variety of symptoms ranging from asthma and eczema to conjunctivitis and anaphylaxis. Dr.’s Ocampo and Rans zeroed in on several different case studies that show how the allergy can manifest. In one case, a 28-year-old was diagnosed with an allergy after suffering repeated sneezing, hives, swollen eyes, and cold-like symptoms when handling marijuana.
Another more serious case involved a patient who went into anaphylactic shock after eating hemp seed-encrusted seafood. The patient passed a subsequent seafood allergy test, leading to doctors to point to the hemp—a form of cannabis sativa with a lower THC content—as the source of the allergy.
Diagnosis of the allergy, which acts similarly to many others, is generally performed by a skin test.