Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS disease, is a rare and mostly unknown #Health condition affecting some long-term #marijuana smokers. Often the illness is misdiagnosed as many health practitioners and patients have never heard of it.
Symptoms of Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
Symptoms of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Sufferers find a hot shower does provide some relief, but symptoms quickly return once the shower is over. Unable to get any permanent respite, victims of the condition usually end up in the emergency room.
Number of cases on the rise
Many patients visit the ER three to five times before someone figures out the symptoms are caused CHS disease. According to a study co-authored by Dr. Kennon Heard at the University of Colorado Hospital, hospital visits related to the syndrome have doubled since 2009. Besides Colorado, other states where cannabis is legal have also reported an increase in cases.
Often mistaken for another health condition
In states where marijuana use is illegal, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome mostly goes misdiagnosed. Many health professionals mistake it for another very similar health condition known as cyclic vomiting syndrome, which has identical symptoms but is not associated with weed smoking. CHS disease is missed because either doctors don’t know about it or patients aren’t willing to admit to using an illicit drug.
CHS disease takes years to develop
According to recent research on the condition, it takes three years of excessive pot smoking before signs of CHS disease begin to manifest. Even then, symptoms do not become severe until at least 10 years of daily marijuana use. If the illness remains untreated, patients can experience dehydration and kidney failure. However, the cure for CHS disease is quite simple. Symptoms of the condition go away within days after a patient stops smoking cannabis.
Patients and doctors now starting to recognize syndrome
CHS disease was first reported in Australia over 10 years ago. With marijuana legalization gaining significant traction in the U.S., health professionals as well as marijuana smokers are becoming more aware of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.