Supporters of the legalization of marijuana all over the US are abuzz about Arizona’s rising number of medical marijuana dispensaries, as three new shops opened in the last week of March 2013 alone. Customers are admitted to a dispensary by showing their state-issued medical marijuana card and a picture ID. Generally, once a buyer is admitted, they will be taken to a back room where they consult with a “budtender” before they make their purchases.
How to qualify for a medical marijuana card?
To obtain a medical marijuana card, a patient must first have a qualifying condition such as cancer, glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), HIV or AIDS, and agitation stemming from Alzheimer’s disease. He should also have a referral for medical marijuana from a licensed physician. However, to ensure that you can enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana fully, you have to consult with a certified allergist in Phoenix, in addition to owning the all important qualifying card.
Arizona medical marijuana laws
Medical use of marijuana was approved in the state of Arizona in 2010 through a voter referendum. The state tried to challenge the law based on the grounds that since federal law continues to outlaw marijuana, no state can approve it for any reason. A court dismissed the charges early in 2012.
Could you have marijuana allergy?
It is very much possible for a person to be allergic to marijuana. Many pollens from plants such as ragweed and hibiscus can cause allergic reactions in some people, and marijuana is no different. Marijuana flowers contain pollen that can be dangerous to highly sensitive individuals.
The skin problems caused by an allergic reaction to marijuana include dry skin, itches, redness, and rashes, and there is some evidence that the plant also contains airborne allergens. Among the symptoms of an airborne allergy to marijuana are nasal congestion, runny nose, asthma, and sore throat. If your marijuana medication leads to these symptoms, it’s best to speak with an immunologist in Phoenix to seek medical advice.
Allergic reactivity test to marijuana in the Southwest
In a general allergy test in Arizona and western New Mexico, marijuana sensitivity was observed in patients who were usually sensitive to a variety of other airborne pollens. The research suggested the possibility of marijuana hyposensitization (immunotherapy) in some patients. This is in contrast to tobacco allergy, for which avoidance is recommended.
Keep in mind that if you observe any adverse reactions to marijuana use, consult a Phoenix allergist or immunology specialist immediately. Allergy experts like those from Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C. can help you find the solution to your allergy problem.