What Is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

In 2004, Allen and colleagues stumbled a phenomenon known as Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Fear mongering? Perhaps. The initial findings were expanded upon via a larger study, which reported a case series of 98 subjects who were affected with the syndrome, which causes recurrent nauseavomiting and crampy abdominal pain. Good thing? It’s allegedly fixed by taking a hot shower or bath, which is a pretty chill way of fixing what seems like a rather painful ailment from a pretty chill plant.

VICE recently ran an article on CHS, describing it as, “a condition associated with chronic cannabis abuse. Its three primary symptoms are nausea, abdominal pains and cyclical vomiting, an ailment where you retch or throw up far more often than you should (around six to 12 times an hour).” In typical VICE fashion, they surmised that it was, “not really the desired effects when you’ve just spent £10 ($15) on a gram of leaves.”

The rather weird phenomenon was further investigated in 2012, when Dr. Douglas A. Simonetto conducted the largest study into CHS to date. It involved 98 patients who all experienced the symptoms, though it proved little more that these symptoms do exist in some people who smoke large amount of pot, and that when cessation of smoking occurs, they go away.

Wikipedia, the ultimate source of all information, suggests: Various pathogenic mechanistic theories attempting to explain symptoms have been put forward. These theories follow two themes: 1) dose dependent buildup of cannabinoids and related effects of cannabinoid toxicity, and 2) the functionality of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and particularly in the hypothalamus (which regulates body temperature and the digestive system).

The idea that cannabinoid toxicity is a term is surprising enough, let alone the fact a 10 syllable syndrome is apparently prevalent in the weed smoking community. Dank.


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