Occupational cannabis exposure and allergy risks
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
This study attempted to explore the potential for allergic health risks of occupational exposure to cannabis among Belgian Police Personnel. All of the 81 participants reported being regularly exposed to cannabis in the course of their work over the previous 12 months. Among all particpants, respiratory and/or cutaneous symptoms were common with exposure to cannabis. One participant had a borderline allergic response. While 42% of the 81 study participants had respiratory and/or cutaneous symptoms from the cannabis exposure, the cause did not seem to be an IgE mediated allergy to cannabis itself, or to mold, pollen or dust mites. The researchers conclude that the exact cause of the symptoms is not known but is probably not an immune reaction. They also suggest the importance of wearing protective clothing during cannabis exposure.