Surprising Side Effects of Marijuana, Says Science

December 1, 2021

Eat This, Not That

Another one of pot's contradictions: It's prescribed to some people to relieve nausea, but some heavy marijuana users experience severe queasiness, vomiting, and stomach pain. It's called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. Experts estimate 2.7 million Americans experience the condition, which is frequently misdiagnosed. (Last year, it was the subject of a "Medical Mysteries" column in the Washington Post.) "CHS went from being something we didn't know about and never talked about to a very common problem over the last five years," Dr. Eric Lavonas, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, told the New York Times. It has a simple cure: Stop smoking pot.

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