By The CCM Team
A study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital should serve as a “heads-up” to doctors who might see young patients in the emergency department who have a history of chronic nausea and vomiting. It is possible that their young patients are suffering from cannabis hyperemesis (CH), a condition related to long-term, frequent marijuana use.
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“CH is an under-recognized condition for those who use marijuana and experience long-term and cyclic vomiting,” explains study lead author Hannah Lonsdale, MBChB, a research associate in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management. “It was once considered rare but is being increasingly recognized in adults, adolescents and children.”
The researchers fear CH may become more common as decriminalization of cannabis in many U.S. states leads to its more widespread availability and use.