What You Need to Know at Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Mary Clifton | Celebstoner.com | October 14, 2020 | Image via Online MMJ Los Angeles

Some people who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are at risk of developing Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), a disorder that causes sudden repeated attacks of severe nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain that can last for several hours and is temporarily relieved by taking a hot shower or bath. 

CHS is thought to be caused by stimulation of the cannabinoid receptors in other parts of the body and various physiological processes such as changing the appetite and possibly slowing down smooth muscle contractions in the gut, leading to changes in digestion.

Until recently, CHS was considered uncommon or even rare. But as marijuana use has increased, especially in states where marijuana has been legalized or permitted for medical use, emergency-room physicians and primary-care physicians are reporting a steady flow of patients who are experiencing the symptoms.

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