Mysterious illness tied to marijuana use on the rise in states with legal weed

December 29, 2016

NEW YORK — For more than two years, Lance Crowder was having severe abdominal pain and vomiting, and no local doctor could figure out why. Finally, an emergency room physician in Indianapolis had an idea.

“The first question he asked was if I was taking hot showers to find relief. When he asked me that question, I basically fell into tears because I knew he had an answer,” Crowder said.

The answer was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. It’s caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. For unclear reasons, the nausea and vomiting are relieved by hot showers or baths.

“They’ll often present to the emergency department three, four, five different times before we can sort this out,” said Dr. Kennon Heard, an emergency room physician in Aurora, Colorado.

He co-authored a study showing that since 2009, when medical marijuana became widely available, emergency room visits diagnoses for CHS in two Colorado hospitals nearly doubled. In 2012, the state legalized recreational marijuana.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tiger says:

    Pot is not pure anymore. I am not surprised and give the government the right to grow it for you and legalize it is much like going into the gas chamber.

    I know people, lawyers, docs, nurses, teachers who have always smoked pot and they tell me through the years they have had to start growing their own and do research on the best plants. They tell me good seeds come from Canada and the cost is high but worth it.

    Like anything else moderation and using intelligence, buy off the street it is like anything else, watered down and messed with. Stupid people take their lives into their hands without knowledge about the substance. Me I get high on a mountain top or on watching the birds around my bird feeder, the change of seasons and the ocean and rivers. Life is a high doesn’t need a boost.

  • justinwachin says:

    Marijuana is not some harmless herb. We are likely to find it is just as dangerous as tobacco when smoked. In the years ahead we will get a good idea of the full picture of marijuana as people use this plant regularly over the long term.

  • carpkiller says:

    Whats that tell you about medical(pharma) marijuana?

  • Old Vet says:

    So smoke’em if you got’em stoners…’s not harmful at all right?? Safer than alcohol, right?? Doesn’t hurt anyone, right?? You are useful idiots to whole movement to dumb down the population for easier control.

    1. Tiger says:

      Everything in moderation and to allow the government to grow your pot is suicide, you give them the way to destroy you. Pot is not the pot of the 60’s and nothing is pure anymore.

      Me I never needed drugs and being on the stage since 5 years old I saw plenty of drug use and destruction of life and careers.

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