Updated on March 19, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) is a medical condition where patients feel nauseated. While it is a rare condition, it affects long-term cannabis users. Abdominal pain and vomiting are other common symptoms of this disease. If not treated, it can reduce food intake, resulting in weight loss.
If vomiting is severe in the patient, it can cause dehydration. The problem with CHS is that people suffering from this disease continue to consume cannabis. Patients believe that marijuana’s vomiting and nausea-relief properties will help deal with the symptoms.
As the effects of CHS are intense and overwhelming, it is common for people to take hot showers frequently. This practice provides temporary relief from the symptoms of this disease.
While there isn’t a lot of studies on CHS, it is a real condition. This disease will arise due to excessive stimulation of the patient’s endocannabinoid system. CHS has three stages – prodromal, hyperemetic, and recovery.
During the prodromal phase, you will start to notice nausea early in the morning, along with abdominal pain. This can last for months or years, if untreated. In the hyperemetic phase, you will start vomiting, which can become severe. It is common to experience abdominal pain during this stage. You will notice a reduction in your appetite. The only way to stop experiencing the symptoms in this stage is to stop consuming cannabis.
It is essential to get in touch with a medical professional to diagnose this disease correctly. Contacting a doctor experienced in cannabis usage will help you deal with this problem faster. MarijuanaDoctors.com has an online directory on licensed medical professionals. Use this listing to find a doctor close to your location, if you are experiencing the symptoms of CHS disease.