Mysterious Illness Linked To Smoking Weed Is On The Rise

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Marijuana is commonly known for its soothing and therapeutic effects.

The widespread use of the drug in the United States and in many other Western countries has encouraged some states to legalize the drug for medical and recreational purposes.

Marijuana is currently being used to alleviate the symptoms arising from epilepsy, glaucoma, pain, muscle tension, and cancer.

Unfortunately, not everyone experiences the pleasant effects of the drug.

Now the medical community has discovered a rare condition associated with smoking weed, and it's starting to make a lot more sense to all those people suffering from an unexplained illness.  

Chalfonte LeNee Queen from San Diego, California. NPR

Chalfonte LeNee Queen, 48, suffered from vomiting and abdominal pain that would leave her squirming and screaming on the floor in pain for 17 years, until doctors finally figured out that she suffered from a rare illness.  

Lance Crowder found his answer from a doctor in Indianapolis. CBS News

Lance Crowder had experienced similar symptoms as Queen, and finally found an answer after searching for the cause of his illness for a long time.

"I basically fell into tears because I knew he has an answer," Crowder recalled after he found a doctor who diagnosed him with something he never knew could stem from marijuana usage.

What both Queen and Crowder found to be interesting was that taking a hot shower alleviated their symptoms.

The mysterious illness known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) was discovered in 2004, but as marijuana usage has risen over the past decade, there are more cases of the syndrome being reported to the medical community.

States like Colorado and California are experiencing a trend where at least one person a day is admitted with symptoms of violent vomiting and abdominal pain.

“It’s something we’re seeing more commonly in areas where marijuana use is becoming more frequent,” Dr. Kennon Heard, a professor of emergency medicine and medical toxicology and pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told WBUR.

“Essentially, patients who use marijuana very frequently for long periods of time—usually at least six months, probably most of them have been using for several years—develop sort of intractable abdominal pain and vomiting that sort of comes and goes over the course of days to weeks,” Heard explained.

CHS can also lead to dehydration and kidney failure, but these problems will usually resolve within days of not using the drug.

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