Strange Syndrome Linked to Heavy Use of Marijuana
Although research has shown marijuana is an effective treatment for nausea and pain, complications can arise depending on how long a person has been smoking the substance. In fact, people who regularly use marijuana can end up developing cognitive and behavioral problems. Marijuana users also have an increased risk of anxiety and depression.
A recent study conducted by NYU Langone Health revealed chronic pot smokers had nearly a 1 out of 3 chance of developing Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). The study defined chronic pot smokers as those who smoke more than 20 days per month. CHS is a condition that is associated with varying degrees of pain and uncontrolled nausea and vomiting. CHS symptoms can last for up to several hours.
Dr. Joe Habboushe is an associate professor of emergency medicine at NYU and the lead author of the study. According to him, weed-induced vomiting doesn’t respond to general anti-nausea drugs. Instead, doctors use several hours of hot showers or capsaicin cream to treat the condition.
While small amounts of marijuana can reduce nausea and pain, too much cannabis might “overstimulate and turn off the very receptors that were suppressing nausea and pain in the first place.” Dr. Habboushe said, “Hot showers seem to be able to stimulate the same receptors and turn them back on.”
The only cure for this condition is to completely quit smoking. However, starting to smoke again will risk the problem returning. Although more cases of CHS are being reported across the nation, many doctors still don’t know about the condition and might misdiagnose it for another illness.
It is important to remember that although marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes, harmful side effects can develop with long-term use.
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