Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

IMG_0881Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is said to be brought on by chronic heavy use of cannabis. Symptoms include recurrent episodes of nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Sufferers of CHS can find temporary relief of symptoms by taking either a hot bath or shower. Case studies show that CHS resolves itself when cannabis use stops. CHS often gets misdiagnosed and can lead to costly ineffective treatments. A recent study examining the prevalence of CHS in urban cannabis smokers estimate that between 2.13 to 3.38 million may suffer symptoms similar to CHS. All cases seem to come from excessive smoking of cannabis and not edibles.

The author of this post would like to see more studies examining the nutritional choices and physical activity levels of individuals suffering from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Nutrition and physical activity are modifiable risk factors that can resolve a multitude of health issues. It would not be a big surprise if exercise and proper diet would reduce CHS symptoms. Nevertheless, futures studies will hold the answers.

References

Habboushe, J., Rubin, A., Liu, H., & Hoffman, R. S.The prevalence of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome among regular marijuana smokers in an urban public hospital. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, , n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/bcpt.12962

Sullivan, S. (2009). Cannabinoid hyperemesis. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, 24(5), 284-285. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2886568/