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Heard of CHS? Doctors Study Symptoms Suffered by Some Pot Chronic Users

Heard of CHS? Doctors Study Symptoms Suffered by Some Pot Chronic Users

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Mary Becker, 21, of Boise, Idaho exhales after taking a hit of hash oil at during 420Fest at the Luxe Nightclub in Seattle, Washington April 20, 2013. (File photo via Reuters)

Doctors in New York have published a new study in a peer-reviewed journal on a group of symptoms clustered in what is known as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome or CHS, suffered by chronic marijuana users.

Previously considered as “rare” or “very rare,” CHS’s symptoms include cyclic nausea and vomiting. The quickest method to relieve sufferers from its malice is frequent hot water bathing.

Of course, the frequent use of marijuana must come to a complete stoppage of CHS’s symptoms. 

To dig deeper and understand CHS “prevalence,” the study was conducted in a public hospital in New York – more specifically in an urban Emergency Department with approximately 145000 annual visits.

Out of the 2,127 patients approached for the survey to complete the study, 155 met inclusion criteria as smoking 20 or more Days per month.

“Trained associates administered the questionnaire to patients between the age of 18-49 years, who reported smoking marijuana at least 20 days per month,” it said.

The survey questioned related CHS symptoms – nausea and vomiting – and frequencies to “hot showers.”

“Patients were classified as experiencing a phenomenon consistent with CHS if they reported smoking marijuana at least 20 days per month” and rated “hot showers” as five or more on the ten-point scale to relieve nausea and vomiting.

“Among those surveyed, 32.9 percent met our criteria for having experienced CHS,” the study said.

“If this is extractable to the general population approximately 2.75 million Americans may have suffered from a phenomenon similar to CHS.”

CHS symptoms appear to be most common in 18 to 29-year-olds.

The study, meanwhile, said these patients were “sick enough to seek medical care”, leaving those with mild versions of CHS, unchecked and unstudied.

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