‘Scromiting’ Illness: A New Condition Worrying Cannabis Smokers!
The emergence of a scary new ‘scromiting’ disease has actually resulted in warnings being issued to cannabis smokers all over the world.
The condition, officially known as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), has only been diagnosed by medical specialists recently and is linked to heavy substance abuse.
Doctors in the US came up with the phrase after coming across a growing number of patients who were unable to stop screaming in pain and vomiting. That’s a quite heavy combination.
‘Scromiting’ is said to be especially rising in U.S. counties where cannabis has actually been legalised, including California, Oregon and Washington.
Physicians have told the American public radio station, NPR, that they have notice a spike in “scromiting” cases since laws were passed allowing recreational marijuana usage.
“5 years back, this wasn’t something that doctors had on their radar,” said Dr. Kennon Heard, an emergency doctor at the University of Colorado, who co-wrote a study showing a possible link between the liberalisation of cannabis and a rise of ‘scromiting’. “We’re at least making the diagnosis more now.”
Californian doctor Dr. Aimee Moulin, an emergency room doctor at UC-Davis Medical Center, even warned of a further rise of “scromiting” in the state as soon as recreational cannabis stores are allowed to open in the state next January.
Patients diagnosed with the condition have actually explained how they would suffer episodes of violent retching and abdominal pain which would leave them not able to stand up for days on end. Jeez.
“I’ve screamed out for death,” said Chalfonte LeNee Queen, a San Diego lady who suffered from the condition for 17 years before she realised it was connected to her cannabis use. “I’ve cried out for my mom, who’s been dead for 20 years, mentally not realising she cannot come to me.”
A report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information said patients diagnosed with CHS usually struggle with nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain.
“The syndrome was first explained in 2004 by Allen and colleagues and is characterised by chronic cannabis use, cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting,”.
“Scromiting” is said to be hard for doctors to diagnose and treat, with patients often needing hospital stays until the symptoms reduce.
There is recently no known treatment for the condition apart from sufferers stop using cannabis completely – a choice many don’t want to make.
Nevertheless, experts believe that staying in a hot shower may help to relieve the symptoms as the heat distracts sufferers’ brains from the pain.