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Non-Organic Medical Marijuana Might Cause Allergies

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Have you ever taken a bong rip or hit a joint and soon after gone into a sneezing attack? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you may be allergic to marijuana pollen.

While this rarely happens to me, many people in the community have migrated to hash and pollen-free materials to avoid the “weed allergies.” And as a new study from Annalergy illustrates, an unconventional “weed allergen” is steeped in science.

The often illicit nature of marijuana growth involves unique harvesting techniques. Intentional isolation of female flowering plants aims to prevent pollination and increase the plant’s psychoactive properties by its THC content. The potency of sativa, often measured by THC content, has increased over the years, with some Japanese strains of sinsemilla containing as much as 22.6% THC. This could play a role in allergic disease because THC has been suggested as a pertinent Cannabis allergen.

In layman’s terms, the pollen and marijuana smoke from plant material can give users hay fever, a common springtime allergy. As the study notes, if you use marijuana frequently, you’re probably immune to this type of allergy. But if you tend to get spring allergies from pollen, some strains can inflict users with “allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma.” Of course, none of these allergies will do much worse than make you sneeze. Apparently an indica plant doesn’t irritate or make peoples allergies act up. So steer clear of sativas if you regularly have these sneezing “attacks”. As is true with all things cannabis related, these allergies certainly are not lethal.

Native American Tribes Begin Growing Weed

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In December, the federal government took both the marijuana industry and America’s Native American Tribes by surprise when the Department of Justice issued a law that allows Native Americans to grow cannabis on their land.

Since then, tribes have taken direct courses of action. The Pomo tribe in Northern California, for instance, has agreed to develop a $10 million grow facility in conjunction with United Cannabis.

Not surprisingly, this tribe is not the only one considering joining the “Green Rush”. According to The Huffington Post, more than 100 tribes are strongly contemplating turning their fertile land into one where marijuana grows.

Along with the Colorado-based United Cannabis, FoxBarry Farms plans on being a heavy player and developer of these tribes’ farms if and when they decide to move forward with grows. Foxbarry’s CEO Barry Broutman has some insight into the tribes that hints many will go green.

“Tribes want what any government wants for its people, and that’s financial independence,” Broutman (FoxBarry Farms CEO) said. “They want to earn their own money, provide education, health care and housing. This new industry allows them to be more economically independent.” [The Huffington Post] Given America’s tribes massive amounts of land and the potential economic windfall in play, it’s hard to find a reason for them not to go green.