Illness linked to marijuana use on the rise in Colorado

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, doctors have seen an increase in CHS, or Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. The illness, characterized by intense nausea lasting as long as a month, has been linked to heavy daily use of marijuana. Reported incidents of CHS have doubled since legalization of marijuana use. Though not a serious illness for most people, CHS can be very uncomfortable and interfere with normal activity. Sufferers who stop using marijuana eventually recover.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to Dr. Kennon Heard and other doctors, chronic marijuana use may be linked to an illness known as CHS, or Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.
  • The symptoms can be severe. Patients have reported intense, non-stop nausea and stomach pain that can sometimes last up to a month.
  • Dr. Heard says the cure to CHS is simple: stop using marijuana.

“The study takes a closer look at more than 2,500 hospital visits. From 2008 to 2009, the study found there were 41 visits to emergency rooms for CHS. From 2010 to 2011, after what the study describes as the “post-liberalization” period for medical marijuana, the number jumped to 87 ER visits.”