Marijuana Facts

Boulder County sees more patients with vomiting condition tied to chronic pot use

Cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting. Disregulation of temperature perception. Abdominal pain.

The culprit of these symptoms could be weed.

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a relatively new condition that first appeared in medical literature in 2004, affects chronic users of marijuana who have smoked or used cannabis daily for years.

“It causes frequent visits to the emergency department,” said Dr. Timothy Meyers, medical director of emergency services for Boulder Community Health. “People feel terrible when it happens.”

Medical professionals are seeing more patients with this syndrome come to emergency rooms. Stronger strains, legalization and higher recognition of the condition may be contributing factors.