If you live in California, Colorado or any other states that allow you to legally smoke pot, you may want to rethink getting high. It’s seems there is a new and mysterious disease haunting pot smokers. Unfortunately, it’s also sending many to the ER’s.
If you are a chronic pot user you are most likely at risk of experiencing this new condition that has been reported at hospitals across our nation. It’s called ‘scromiting’. It means exactly what you might think it does – screaming and vomiting.
Obviously, it’s caused from smoking heavy amounts of pot over a long period of time. It’s also known as a condition called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). According to some doctors, sadly there is a rise of cases since California legalized recreational marijuana last November. And it’s doesn’t seem like it’s likely to diminish any time soon.
One patient, Chalfonte LeNee Queen, 48, stated,
‘I’ve screamed out for death,’ after experiencing the terrifying illness.
‘I’ve cried out for my mom, who’s been dead for 20 years, mentally not realizing she can’t come to me.’
Queen lost a modeling job after being mistaken for an alcoholic. She racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and her nausea interrupted her sex life. Toward the end of her illness, the 5-foot-9-inch woman weighed just 109 pounds.
She went through nearly two decades of pain, vomiting and mental fog. Queen visited the hospital about three times a year, but doctors never got to the bottom of what was ailing her. By 2016, she thought she was dying, that she “must have some sort of cancer or something they can’t detect,” Queen recalled.
Little research has been conducted on the topic, but one study found that for ‘scromiting’ to occur, pot users would have to consume marijuana three to five times per day to develop CHS.
In one study the average duration of cannabis use prior to onset of recurrent vomiting was… 3.4 years,’ the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) report added.
‘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,’ doctors wrote.
Medical experts note that the condition could stem from the body being over saturated by cannabinoids – chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors located in the brain.
Doctors believe, the build up the cannabinoids, affect the function of the hypothalamus, which regulates digestion and body temperature.
According to the NCBI: ‘Often mistakenly called Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is a rare form of cannabinoid toxicity that develops in chronic smokers.’
‘It’s characterized by cyclic episodes of debilitating nausea and vomiting. People who suffer from the syndrome often find that hot showers relieve their symptoms, and will compulsively bathe during episodes of nausea and vomiting. Symptoms stop after cessation of cannabis use.’
The new word, ‘scromiting’ seems to have been invented by staff at emergency rooms across the US, who are seeing more and more people turn up yelling in pain and throwing up all over the place.
“Five years ago, this wasn’t something that [doctors] had on their radar,” says Dr. Kennon Heard, an emergency physician at the University of Colorado in Aurora who co-authored the Colorado study showing a possible tie between the liberalization of marijuana and a surge of the vomiting illness. “We’re at least making the diagnosis more now.”
So there you have it. If you are known to have a heavy use of smoking pot, don’t be alarmed with mysterious symptoms of screaming and vomiting also known as ‘scromiting’. Just remember, save yourself some money from going to the emergency room. It can be cured by just stopping your use of pot. In addition, symptoms can be relieved from just taking a hot shower.
However, the exact cause of the condition still remains a mystery!