Originally Posted by prune
Terpenes, are basically VOC's (volatile organic chemicals) that can also irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. you can sensitize to exposure to these chemicals so that your symptoms just get worse every time.
That makes a lot of sense, because now that I think about it, it has gotten worse for me personally, over the years.
I suppose for me personally, I'll either just deal with it, or invest in the gloves and a mask. I've never heard of "nitrile gloves" until this post. Are they something easy to find in any hardware store or supermarket or walmart? I'm also curious if other gloves would work as well, for example the plastic kind for bleaching your hair?
As for the person who asked if it is more noticable with outdoor vs indoor, well, for me, it's been the same for both, but I've only really grown outdoors one season in 2009, but I still had the same experience although not as bad as it is now, over a decade later. Since then, I only have experience with trimming indoor grown plants.
If it was outdoor grown that was only causing it, I think that would be easy to explain, because pollen from every other plant in the area could be on the buds, so the answer would probably be just that.
As Douglas said "It's gotta be the terpenes", and what Prune said, I think that must be the case, because if this is happening when I'm wet trimming, I don't imagine as many trichomes breaking and flying into the air, as if it was dry trimming.
And, as someone who occassionally decides to eat buds, I can vouch for the fact that it does scratch up your tongue and throat a bit, but I don't personally find it unpleasant, so I know that all of the trichomes, not just the ones we like, but the miniscule ones that are sharp and pointy would make complete sense during a dry trim as well to be an irritant, because by then, each branch and/or bud that's cut will send particles flying.
I'm curious if the terpene profile of the plant also determines how one will react. For example, for the past decade or so I've mostly grown strains high in limonine but I haven't for example, grown a piney strain, or a berryish strain, so I'll do my own personal experiment and grow a strain known to have a different terpene profile than the strains I've been growing and see if when harvest time comes, I notice a difference in symptoms.