Rare And Mysterious Vomiting Illness Linked To Heavy Marijuana Use

She had an obscure syndrome called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition only recently acknowledged by the medical community. It affects a small population — namely, a subset of marijuana users who smoke multiple times a day for months, years or even decades.

I recently heard about this from a medical professional, and they mentioned it took a long time to figure out because until recently folks withheld their marijuana use when surveyed.

One surefire sign of the illness is when patients find relief in hot showers and baths. Queen said she would vomit repeatedly unless she was in a hot shower, so she’d stay in there for hours. Toxicologists say the heat may distract the brain from pain receptors in the abdomen but, like the syndrome itself, that phenomenon is not well understood.

Yeesh, bum deal for folks; here’s hoping more exposure will lead to treatment.