This is a topic of much debate in and around the cannabis community. CHS closely mimics a disorder called Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, or CVS. Both are rare disorders, and they are very similar in symptoms.
When I first came down with the nausea and vomiting in the summer of 2014 while living in California, like many people, I started to use cannabis more because I figured the it would help with the nausea and vomiting. It did on some occasions, and didn’t on others. What it did do was help me with the depression, both generalized and related to the disorder.
People with CHS, typically experience bouts of nausea and vomiting that can last for days, weeks, even months. It’s debilitating, and many that have it go on disability of some kind.
Here are a few articles that provide more in-depth information, but I will summarize my findings below:
In short, the people with CHS develop a vomiting syndrome anywhere from weeks, months, to years after regular use of cannabis. The only treatment for the disorder is to stop the use. Some experience relief as soon as a few days or a just a couple months. Others, have to abstain for several months, some as long as a year.
I didn’t think I suffered from this disorder. I am starting to think so. The NCBI study indicated that some of the patients had a delayed gastric emptying, or gastroparesis. I have this. It could be the cause of the nausea and vomiting, or it could be caused by the cannabis, and will correct itself with abstinence.
I personally someone who had the same problem as me, and it corrected itself after a year of abstinence. He had suffered from the disorder for 12 years, and regrets not doing it sooner. I don’t blame him, and he was a large part of my motivation to quit and see if this corrects itself.
I have quit twice before, both for about 3 months. It’s possible it wasn’t long enough, and my wife and I both agree that the nausea and vomiting, although it didn’t totally go away, did get better. Perhaps I gave up too early on both occasions.
So, here I am. Quitting cannabis, yet again. Many of you can relate, especially those that experience pressure from loved ones.
There are pros and cons to this:
Cons: I will have to find something else to combat the chronic pain and depression.
Pros: If this corrects my vomiting syndrome, my life will improve drastically. Perhaps some of the depression will subside, too.
Please send any prayers or positive vibes my way. I will need all the help I can get.
Wagen, over and out.