What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

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Photo Credit: High Times Magazine

If you are a medical marijuana patient, it is important to monitor the frequency and amount of medication you use throughout your dosing regimen. It is also necessary to track whether your dosing regimen is alleviating or exacerbating your symptoms, and whether new symptoms develop. Although extremely rare, chronic cannabis users can develop what's known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), which is a rare form of cannabinoid toxicity characterized by episodes of extreme nausea and vomiting. CHS develops in longtime, heavy, and excessive cannabis consumers. One clinical study from Philadelphia, PA, found the average duration of use before the onset of symptoms was 16 years, but few users experienced symptoms as early as 3 years of use. Those who suffer from CHS often take long hot showers to alleviate their symptoms, and the study from Philadelphia suggests this may be because “hot bathing may act by correcting the cannabis induced disequilibrium of the thermoregulatory system of the hypothalamus.”

It comes as a surprise that cannabis, which is known for its antiemetic properties and used to reduce nausea, can actually cause it through overconsumption. Patients must carefully monitor these developments, as the natural tendency may be to increase dosing which could be worse for symptoms. By journaling on our CannaBest app daily, we make it easy for you to track the efficacy of your dose, so that you can see if your dose provides symptom relief or causes you to develop new and unwanted symptoms. You can also export your journal entries so that you can share this information directly with your physician, so that he or she can help you better understand what you are suffering and make recommendations for relief. Journal daily for the best accuracy. 

This information has been provided in part by High Times Magazine and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.