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Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome – Wait, What?

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome – Wait, What?

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Greetings to all of you out there. What the hell is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), and who cares? Well, it’s bad. But on the upside, it’s rare. Why do you care? Because you for sure don’t want to experience it if you are a cannabis lover, since the only cure is to stop all THC intake—Yikes! It seems very likely from what I have read on the subject to be a human genetic thing. As in some peeps just have “that gene” that makes them more or less susceptible to CHS.

Mallomars Would Never Be the Same Without Being Baked
Mallomars Would Never Be the Same Without Being Baked

One of my old friends, Matt Riot (Riot Seeds), recently experienced CHS and is living with the consequences. As in, no more weeds. But when it first hit him, it almost killed him—literally. Your body suddenly cannot tolerate any more THC, and your body’s reaction is quite violent—a lot of vomiting, dehydration, crazy weight loss, abdominal pain, etc. You get the gist. Like I said, it’s bad.

I’m not unfamiliar with sudden intolerances due to your genes. Several years ago, I got—Late Onset Alcohol Intolerance—and similarly to CHS, I no longer can drink alcohol. ? Whenever I drank, several hours later, I would be in a hellscape of stomach pain, vomiting, and nausea that would knock me down for days. Sad.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: How Can I Avoid CHS?

Maybe Stick to Organically All Naturally Grown Cannabis Sources
Maybe Stick to Organically All Naturally Grown Cannabis Sources

The real deal here, as I have extrapolated, is that no one really knows much about this. I have come across many (unfounded) theories, including that using certain sprays on plants contributes to CHS. When I asked around, about 11 sufferers of CHS, I found that about half of them smoked or did dabs from organic sourced cannabis and half sourced from synthetic or unknown grown cannabis. So, seemingly not a factor. Which I have to admit was a bit surprising to me. I won’t even smoke cannabis grown with the use of synthetic fertilizers. Yuk!

It strongly seems like it’s a straight-up, longer-term overdose of THC to your body. Different peeps have differing tolerances. However, I will say this: most of (90%) of the peeps I babbled with were hardcore smokers for years and years, decades even. Not just weeds, either. Most of the peeps smoked dabs, hashish, or some other purer extract of cannabis. Also, not just smoked, but were chronic in the extreme. Smoking extracts many times per day—almost constantly in many cases. Holy shit… I do understand that, and I was just like that for over a decade of my life as well. I used to blow through a whole vial of very HQ Honey Oil per day. Along with many doobies and bongloads to boot. But I did eventually realize that wasn’t going to work for me in the longer term. Let’s talk about tolerance next. Reducing your THC intake isn’t really that big of a big deal. Really!

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Tolerances

The reasons I wrote this article are really twofold. First, I sure think this is something all cannabis consumers should at least be aware of. Second, it seems to me that a little moderation can go a long way towards avoiding this potential issue. Moderation is the key here, because once you have CHS it’s too late, baybee.

Pax Plus Portable Flower Vaporizer
Pax Plus Portable Flower Vaporizer

Okay, so these days, one single hit from that old-school Honey Oil I used to smoke would knock me off my ass. It’s very similar to dabs in potency. These days with the help of my flower vaporizer the Pax Plus (photo above) I blow through only half a gram to a gram of weeds per day. I keep my tolerance in check. If I didn’t, soon I would be needing 10 grams a day essentially to get just as high as I do now.

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Rev’s Homemade Temple Balls

I do also loves me some hash. But I always go about a month smoking hash; then I take a month off with no hash. Because smoking hash can get your tolerance up fast. That’s just to show you my way to keep my overall THC under some kind of control. Otherwise, that’s just an awful waste of good weeds, at least. Worst case scenario is you may get CHS. You’re fucked, then. It’s worth avoiding LoL.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: In a Nutshell

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is a rare condition that is associated with longer-term chronic cannabis use. The symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain that can last for hours or days. Hot showers or hot baths can help temporarily relieve symptoms. The exact cause of CHS is unknown, but it is believed to be the buildup of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) in the body over time. Stopping all cannabis consumption is currently the only effective treatment for CHS.

Afterword

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Okay then, avoid possible CHS by exercising some moderation and keeping your tolerance in check. You can do a kind of reset by abstaining from any cannabis use for 30 days. Even if you are a mega-chronic smoker, this will reset your tolerance way-way lower. You’ll be amazed at how baked you can get from a few hits of bud—YaY!

Preorder my latest book on Amazon here, True Living Organics Druid’s Edition by The Rev. Here’s another article by yours truly if you want some more me: Reaping Greater Bennies from Cannabis. If you’re looking for some great cannabis varieties to grow, make sure to have a look around over at Kingdom Organic Seeds and grab some sublime goodness! I’m outty for now my friends, but I’ll be back soon. L8r G8rs!

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