Many people now use cannabis to help treat any nausea they may have, but have you ever considered it could possibly be the cause of the nausea itself? Cannabis Hypermesis Syndrome (CHS) is a new and misunderstood condition generally caused by long-term and heavy cannabis use. It is a rare form of cannabinoid toxicity. Users who experience CHS generally use cannabis in excess of three to five times a day for anywhere from three to sixteen years before symptoms begin. Now this is not the case for ever heavy user, but if you've been a heavy cannabis user for a while and are exhibiting these symptoms, you may have CHS. Some are blaming the increase of dabs for this condition, but CHS has been around long before. An Australian study in 2004 of 10 patients suffering from CHS were all flower smokers, not dabbers. Cannabis is generally known for its nausea-calming effects it is extremely odd that it can cause severe nausea and vomitting with other individuals. Those who develop CHS tend to increase their cannabis use while being unaware that it is just making it all worse.
General symptoms of CHS include vomiting, nausea, severe gastrointestinal discomfort, and compulsive bathing. It may also be preceded by a period of mild symptoms such as morning nausea, urges to vomit, and abdominal pain. There are three phases to CHS, the three phases include:
The Paodromal Phase: This phase includes symptoms such as morning sickness, abdominal pain and discomfort, nausea and the fear of vomitting. This is the early onset and easily overlooked. Most people just assume they need to increase the use of cannabis to get rid of these symptoms, and are unaware that its what is causing their problem in the first place.
Hypermetic Phase: This phase includes frequent retching (up to at least 5 times an hour), Abdominal pain, weight loss, dehydration, and habitual bathing. This is the main onset of the syndrome. Around this point is when people tend to go see a doctor about what is wrong with them. And even when a doctor recommends they stop using cannabis some will disagree with their doctor and ignore their warning. Unfortunatly most doctors don't fully know about this condition and there is not alot of research on it to fully know enough about CHS. Also some patients don't want to disclose their cannabis use with their doctor, so they cannot get the full medical diagnosis they may need.
Recovery Phase: This is the last phase and once stopping the use of cannabis, which is really the only option to get rid of these symptoms, patients tend to recover in a matter of days, weeks, or months. Often those looking for a more immediate relief from the symptoms tend to find hot showers to solve their problem for a matter of time. Researchers propose that “hot bathing may act by correcting the cannabis-induced equilibrium of the thermo regulatory system of the hypothalamus."
Why does cannabis do this? Why is it only some individuals? Especially when people use marijuana to help them with their nausea problems. Cannabis has been said to activate a specific part of the central nervous system and that's why it aids with nausea. There still needs to be more research done on CHS to find out exactly why this happens. So far they have determined heavy consumption over an extended amount of time may exert anti-emetic properties on the brain, which end up causing nausea. Researches still don't fully know why only stopping cannabis use is the only known cure now, but hopefully as the cannabis industry grows we'll begin to learn more on CHS and any other syndromes and cannabis that may be out there.