Doctors in California are seeing a growing trend in the number of cases of a mysterious illness related to heavy marijuana use.
The illness known informally as scromiting is a relatively new illness that doctors say they’ve seen more since recreational marijuana has been legalized in the state last November. Patients who ‘scromit’ are reported to scream and vomit as they seek out help, hence the name.
Little is known
The condition is known in the medical society as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) but little is known about the illness. However, medical experts are tying up the condition with heavy cannabis consumption as majority of the patients who had been admitted for CHS were heavy marijuana users. These are those individuals who smoke three to five times a day.
Dr. Aimee Moulin, physician from UC-Davis believes there will be more cases once the commercial sales of cannabis commences next month.
“’In one study the average duration of cannabis use prior to onset of recurrent vomiting was… 3.4 years,” per a report from the National Center for Biotechnology Information or NCBI.
Other symptoms of the illness include cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting, and the learned behavior of hot bathing.
Doctors believe the oversaturation of cannabinoids in the body affect the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates digestion and body temperature. Those who suffer from this condition typically believes taking a hot bath will relieve the nausea and vomiting. The symptoms are reported to also cease once the affected individual stops the habit.