Cannabis Vomiting Syndrome: Reported Cases Increasing
If you are a frequent user of cannabis or considering to use it, you should familiarize yourself with Cannabis vomiting syndrome or cannabinoid hypermesis. While long-term smokers dispute this illness, others may recognize it immediately, because they exhibited CHS symptoms.
Reported Cases of CHS
The syndrome was first documented in Adelaide, Australia in 2004 with 10 patients being reported as having the symptoms of CHS. It has become once again recognized by Dr. Sauid Ishaq, who is a gastroenterology professor at the Birmingham City University, which is located in the United Kingdom. Several cases have been reported in the UK with the victims seeking treatment several times at their local hospital emergency department.
Coloradoan physicians have reported a significant increase in CHS cases, since the legalization of marijuana.
For all the CHS skeptics, Dr. Ishaq has documented about one particular case that involved a 42 year old male, who was a long-term cannabis user, which began at the age of 14. He was reported as having experienced 8 bouts of CHS with severe abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting, which ended with dehydration. The only solution to the main’s problem was to stop using cannabis.
Another 21 year old male admitted to have experienced 7 bouts of CHS, which lasted over a 2-year time frame. His symptoms were also relieved, when he stopped using cannabis.
Every CHS sufferer agreed that their only relief was a hot bath or shower. The hot water seemed to relax the gastrointestinal muscles, which reduced the abdominal pain. Most medical professionals have linked CHS with long-term or chronic marijuana use.
This may give cannabis a new over haul, because it was once believed to have held antiemetic properties (relieving severe nausea). Denver and Colorado hospitals have now reported over 87 cases of CHS, with some patients being admitted for treatment and further testing.
CHS affects more females with a 71% higher than males and 72% of the white population. The average age is 31, which may be contributed to chronic use.