This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today and appears here with permission.

The myths that tarnished the reputation of cannabis for decades are finally starting to subside. Millions of Americans 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 first-time users have about the drug — can you be allergic to cannabinoids?

In short, yes. You can be allergic to cannabinoids. However, the reality is usually far more complex than that, as cross-reactivity and other allergy triggers may be the true cause of your reaction.

Symptoms of Cannabinoid Allergy

Like any substance or food, you can be allergic to cannabinoids. However, unlike the allergic reaction you may have while eating peanuts or stroking a cat, some cannabinoids can have mind-altering effects. Thus, if you are taking a substance with THC, it’s best to learn the symptoms of a reaction to avoid paranoia or a bad high.

Typical symptoms of a cannabinoid allergy are similar to other allergic reactions. You may experience:

Anaphylaxis has occurred in individuals who ingested hemp seeds, most commonly. This typically presents as a skin rash, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and shock. It’s possible that cannabinoids occur in trace amounts in food or items that you use regularly, so check the ingredients list if you experience any of the above symptoms.

It is worth noting that …

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