Researchers Link Vomiting Illness to Long-term Pot Smoking

Researchers Link Vomiting Illness to Long-term Pot Smoking

Researchers observe that potent strains of marijuana is increasing the number of cases of a rare ailment that causes regular bouts of vomiting, according to a new study published in December 2018.

Researchers detected an obscure and hard-to-diagnose ailment, called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), which afflicts longtime, regular pot smokers.

The worst aspect of it typically shows up without warning, sufferers usually start vomiting violently and persistently up to five times an hour, for up to two days.

Patients suffering from CHS often report subsiding of discomfort by hot baths or showers. This is an indication that marijuana is messing up their body’s cannabinoid receptors, which play a role in regulating the nervous system.

The ailment was recorded in 2004, and thus is often misdiagnosed. The situation even gets worse, as those misdiagnosed may actually turn to marijuana to ease their symptoms of nausea, which only makes them experience the same cycle.

A theory explains that increased levels of THC in modern strains of pot, in addition to legalization, are causing the ailment to surface more regularly, as per reports of NBC San Diego.

It is difficult to gather and assess the number of cases, however, evidence seems to back that up. “In my work, in the emergency room, I see at least one patient a day with the cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome,” says a physician at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Increasing adoption of HPLC technology is increasing the testing of cannabis globally, despite various regulations, as elaborated in cannabis testing market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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