Marijuana Linked To Uncontrollable Vomiting
by John Brazelton
Credit: John Brazelton
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis syndrome, otherwise known as CHS, is raising eyebrows around the country. Only given a name in 2004, doctors and medical professionals are still perplexed by CHS and its effects on the gastrointestinal system. Since this disease is so new, there's only so much that medical professionals and the public know about it and what it can do to a person.
With marijuana becoming more popular and people taking more risks with dosage, this puzzling affliction is gaining attention nationwide. Dr. Sam Wang, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist and toxicologist told CNN "They vomit and then just continue to vomit whatever they have in their stomach, which can go on for hours," Wang's study on CHS, which was published on JAMA Network Open, concludes that there was 29% increase in vomiting incidents since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado.
The symptoms of Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome include but are not limited to severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. This mysterious ailment is only found in long-term partakers of marijuana who smoke on a regular basis. According to Insider, a long-term marijuana smoking habit could turn on someone at some point in their thirties but other studies suggest there is no age bias when it comes to who could fall sick with CHS.
The only known way to treat CHS is to forgo further usage of cannabis. However, a defining characteristic of the illness is that sufferers of its effects will typically take hot showers to soothe the pain. Victims have been known to spend long periods of time, even hours, soaking in hot water.