People have started consuming more marijuana in the US, which came with an unpleasant side effect. Users often experience nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. This goes by the name of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, and it might have an unexpected cure. Taking hot showers seems to alleviate these unpleasant symptoms.
Hot showers against marijuana nausea
A team of researchers wanted to see how often marijuana smokers experience side effects. For this, they selected 2,127 people who had ended up in ER after consuming the drug. All the participants were younger than 50 and had been patients at the Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
Doctors used to think the cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome was pretty rare. However, they were surprised to learn the opposite. Since the drug became legal in certain states, the number of people who experience the side effect is now nearly double.
After interviewing the ER patients, researchers could put up a study with their results. From all the participants, 155 of them smoked marijuana on a regular basis, for 20 days or more per month. From all these people, 51 of those with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome relieved the symptoms by taking hot showers.
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is actually quite common
The study can also offer a peak into how widespread this syndrome is. Even if it might not be relevant for the entire weed-smoking population, about 2.7 million from all 8.3 million marijuana smokers might suffer from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.
It’s well-known that the drug might be beneficial for some people. For instance, it is used in the treatment of chronic pain. However, as this study suggests, it can have dangerous side effects as well. Fortunately, you can get rid of the symptoms quite easily. Since so many people seem to get better after taking hot showers, this might turn into a universal solution to get rid of marijuana-induced nausea and vomiting.
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