Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome is something that many consumers both new and old alike are asking questions about. People want to know if they are at risk of contracting CHS. This means people want to know what it is. They also want to know how it affects a person as well as how it’s contracted.
Should You Be Worried?
If you just started smoking and are feeling a little nauseous and have some abdominal pain, chances are you do not have CHS. Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome is a very rare condition that affects chronic long-term users of extremely high percentage THC cannabis products. So, rest a little easier if you are concerned about contracting Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome and you are relatively new to the cannabis lifestyle.
What We Know About “Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome”
The first report of CHS appeared in 2004. In this report, the symptoms of CHS included vomiting, abdominal pain, and nausea. Individuals having CHS only tend to find relief in bathtubs of hot water. Medical professionals often confuse CHS with other conditions like the stomach flu or Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. If you’re a long-term chronic user and are experiencing these symptoms especially with an urge to bathe in hot water as one of the only ways to find relief from the abdominal pain, you may want to speak with a medical professional about CHS.
It’s Likely Just a Stomach Ailment and Not CHS
In most cases however, Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome is not the case. Unfortunately, many medical professionals still demonize cannabis and will ultimately jump to the conclusion that cannabis is the cause of your illness. They will often diagnose this on just the basis that you have cannabis in your system and are getting sick to your stomach. They then will suggest that you should be taking some form of medication they offer to help instead.
A Personal Testament
As a consumer who has been smoking cannabis for over 30 years, I find Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome difficult to believe. However, you must remember that each person’s body chemistry is different, and cannabis can treat each individual differently. With that in mind, long-term chronic users of heavy THC concentrated cannabis products could be at risk of possibly contracting Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome. The chances and risks, however, are very minimal.
Could Pesticide Poisoning be the Real Culprit?
Research surrounding Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome is very minut. Seeing how people have been consuming cannabis for centuries and the theory of CHS only came to be within the last 15 years it leads many people to believe that there could be an underlying issue causing these symptoms. One that pertains to cannabis but is not a direct effect of consuming it.
There are many cultivators both commercial and at home novice growers that utilize neem oil to help protect their plants from mold and pest infestations. Neem oil which comes from neem trees which are commonly known as evergreen trees has been classified as a safe pesticide by the National Pesticide Information Center.
According to the NPIC, it’s supposed to offer a very relatively low risk of toxicity. Seeing how this oil is quite effective at reducing mildew, mold, and pests on crops it has been used widely on fruit and vegetable crops for years. The big difference, however, is that with fruits and vegetables they receive a thorough rinse before consumption. With cannabis at no time are you running it under water to remove any residual pesticides that may be present. Some of the side effects or symptoms of Azedarach toxicity, which is toxicity from neem oil, are as follows;
- Stomach Cramps
- Increased Breathing
- Weakness in the Limbs
These are some of the main symptoms that are also listed for cannabis hyperemesis syndrome. However, it is rarely discussed that pesticide poisoning could be the underlying culprit.