Emergency rooms across the United States are seeing a noticeable influx in habitual marijuana users – including teenagers – being admitted for uncontrollable vomiting and intestinal distress, a new study reveals.
The condition, known as cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, has been particularly evident in the 17 states where marijuana is legalized, according to CNN.
‘They are writhing, holding their stomach, complaining of really bad abdominal pain and nausea,’ said Dr. Sam Wang, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist and toxicologist who treats teens with the condition at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
‘They vomit and then just continue to vomit whatever they have in their stomach, which can go on for hours.’
‘They often say they took a scalding hot shower before they came to the ER but it didn’t help. That’s when we know we may have a case of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS,’ Wang added.