Heavy Marijuana Users Hit By Scromiting, Sent To ER

Lauren Freeman

Journalist

Chronic cannabis use has risks other than always talking about weed. Emergency room doctors are becoming familiar with "scromiting:" patients that turn up screaming and vomiting (hence the name). The condition goes by the scientific name of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS); however, it's not fully understood, aside from appearing from heavy, long-time users.

Emergency room physician at UC-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Dr Aimee Moulin claims that the amount of cases spiked after recreational marijuana was legalized in California last November. With commercial sales becoming legal next January, she expects an even further rise of cases.

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The experience is grim. "I've screamed out for death,' Chalfonte LeNee Queen, 48, told the press about her experiences. "I've cried out for my mom, who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not realizing she can't come to me."

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What little research has been conducting shows that scromiting occurs when users consume marijuana three-to-five times a day. "In one study the average duration of cannabis use prior to onset of recurrent vomiting was... 3.4 years," claimed the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) report.

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"The syndrome was first described in 2004 by Allen and colleagues and is characterized by chronic cannabis use, cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting, and the learned behavior of hot bathing." CHS occurs because the body is over saturated by cannabinoids, affecting the functions of hypothalamus, which controls digestion and body temperature.

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