Vomiting Disorder Caused By Heavy Marijuana Use

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Heavy marijuana users are more likely to develop a vomiting disorder.

Recent research reveals that marijuana use can lead to severe abdominal pain and a chronic vomiting disorder in many consumers. According to the doctors, this syndrome might become more prevalent if marijuana legalization continues.

Worse, health specialists underline that this vomiting disorder will turn into a public health concern if nothing is done to raise awareness among Americans. This condition is known as the cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).

Dr. Kennon Heard, the chief of medical toxicology at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado, says that the number of cases doubled since marijuana use became legal in Colorado. He adds that every emergency department must deal with this problem on a weekly or even daily basis.

Heard believes that the number of patients with this vomiting disorder is much higher compared to the people who received medical attention at the emergency rooms. Those who develop this condition usually smoke marijuana every day.

Also, these consumers smoked pot for at least six months before they started experiencing abdominal pain and violent vomiting. Although the experts haven’t established a clear cause, most of them are sure that heavy marijuana use is responsible for this outbreak.

According to Heard, heavy pot consumption has a devastating impact on the user’s nervous system. As such, the brain has a negative reaction to this drug, so the body tries to eliminate the toxins.

Health specialists identified the CHS in 2004 when they monitored a group of heavy pot users who started experiencing severe vomiting and abdominal pain. The number of cases doubled in some Colorado medical facilities from 2009 to 2011 because the U.S. Attorney General stopped prosecuting marijuana cases.

The state officials legalized the use of medical cannabis in 2000. Also, the number of licenses for medical marijuana increased from 5,000 in 2009 to roughly 119,000 in 2011. The University of Colorado Hospital and Denver Health Hospital had 87 patients with the vomiting syndrome during the first few months after the legalization of marijuana use.

The state officials legalized recreational cannabis use in 2014. Marijuana users with CHS said that hot showers helped them alleviate the symptoms. However, the doctors don’t know why this method proved to be effective.

According to the experts, the patients will start feeling better after a few days, but it is not known yet whether they should be allowed to consume marijuana again.

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