The legalization of pot mixed with stronger strains of marijuana seems to be growing the variety of circumstances of a uncommon ailment that causes common bouts of vomiting.
As Kaiser Well being Information explains by way of NPR, the obscure and hard-to-diagnose ailment is known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Usually, it afflicts longtime, common pot people who smoke, and a submit at Males’s Well being notes that the worst facet of it sometimes reveals up with out warning—victims begin vomiting violently and persistently as much as 5 occasions an hour, and this cycle can last as long as two days.
Whereas within the throes of the cycle, these with CHS usually report that sizzling baths or showers ease their discomfort, maybe an indication that the marijuana is messing up their physique’s cannabinoid receptors, which play a job in regulating the nervous system.
The ailment has been on the books solely since 2004, and thus is usually misdiagnosed. What’s worse, these misdiagnosed may very well flip to marijuana to ease their nausea, solely to convey on the cycle once more.
(A lady cited within the NPR story ended up within the hospital roughly 3 times a yr for almost 20 years earlier than CHS was lastly identified.) One concept is that elevated ranges of THC in trendy strains of pot, along with legalization, are inflicting the ailment to floor extra recurrently, stories NBC San Diego.
Stats stay troublesome to assemble and assess, however anecdotal proof appears to again that up. “In my work, within the emergency room, I see a minimum of one affected person a day with the cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome,” says a doctor at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital.
For now, there’s just one treatment: Quit smoking pot.
This text initially appeared on Newser: Longtime pot people who smoke, beware this uncommon vomiting sickness