Marijuana Use May Lead to This Painful Condition

More than two dozen states have followed suit, legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and recreational use. If you live where it is not legal, the leniency from other states still has an impact. Social acceptance for the drug has increased and turned positive. Some claim marijuana can help with chronic and acute health problems like pain, headaches, and nausea. It is not as harmless for some people as everyone thinks.

Painful Vomiting

Debilitating issues can arise with marijuana use including a condition called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). CHS is painful and results in stomach cramps, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Over time, these symptoms can lead to kidney issues. The severity of symptoms vary among individuals. CHS may be rare, but it is debilitating. The emergency room may become your friend, missed work is routine, and a decreased quality of life follows. Because CHS mimics other conditions (gallbladder disease, anxiety disorders), it’s easy to misdiagnose. CHS is curable. Quitting marijuana eliminates symptoms.


Researchers are not sure why CHS occurs in some people and not others. In the brain, marijuana helps prevent nausea and vomiting. It is sometimes used for people with cancer. The brain signals the more profound signals early on and decreases nausea symptoms. With repeated use, the brain receptors may stop responding and cause symptoms of CHS. Three stages occur with CHS:

  • Prodromal phase: nausea, stomach pain, and other symptoms
  • Hyperemetic phase: symptoms worsen with nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss
  • Recovery phase: begins with the cessation of marijuana use

Recovery can last for days or months. Though CHS is rare, it can take years to diagnose and rob a person of the quality of life in the meantime. If you a person wants to get better and not suffer from these symptoms, they need to take ownership of their recovery and quit using marijuana. It can be hard to quit alone. That is why it is always recommended to seek medical advice and attention as well as support in a therapeutic place when trying to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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