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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a
relatively new phenomenon stumping the medical world.  Persons with CHS are cannabis users who
experience cyclic nausea and vomiting and abdominal pain that can lead to
dehydration and being malnourished.
While hot showers/baths are helpful, the only known way to stop CHS is
for the patient to stop cannabis use.

Those with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
often spend thousands of dollars on hospital visits and medical tests before
their medical professional diagnoses them with CHS. CHS was first identified in
2004.  The cause remains unknown.  Many theories about what causes it have
circulated throughout the years ranging from pesticides in the cannabis to a
dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system, the homeostatic regulator (brings
the body back into balance) of the human body.

Leading cannabis researcher and neurologist Ethan Russo, MD wants to solve this mystery.  He has teamed up Len May at EndoCanna Health, and Chris Spooner, ND at Heritage Cannabis to conduct a clinical investigation into the origin of CHS.

The group is currently looking for people with CHS to take this survey.  Certain participants will be selected to receive free genetic testing which helps the participant better understand the needs of their endocannabinoid system and which type of cannabis chemical profile is best for them.  Personal information will be cleansed from the data and analyzed collectively.

One of the challenges of doing such research is
that many people with CHS do not want to disclose their cannabis use,
especially if they reside in an illegal state. CHS sufferers can rest
assured this study has passed rigorous standards to be approved by an Internal
Review Board (scientific/medical ethics committee), which is required whenever
conducting clinical research.

Persons with CHS typically are daily if not
heavy cannabis users.  CHS affects people
of all ages, however the largest age group impacted are between 21-30 years of
age. Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome can occur in people who are new to using
cannabis, however, it typically occurs in people who have been using for 4+

Click HERE if you are interested in participating in foundational research that could lead to the discovery of what causes CHS, which is the first step in understanding how to treat it.

Nishi Whiteley is a business development and marketing consultant turned cannabis educator, speaker and author. After seeing the relief cannabis provided her mother at the end of her battle with lung cancer, Whiteley was inspired to share what she has learned through her book, “Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill” and her website

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