Mysterious vomiting illness from cannabis use emerges in US hospitals
NewsHub 12 July 2021
A mysterious vomiting illness is becoming increasingly prevalent in US hospitals as a result of potent cannabis usage among teenagers.
The illness, where patients uncontrollably vomit and scream at the same time, is officially called ‘cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome’ but has been dubbed ‘scromiting’.
Twenty-year-old Bo Gribbon told NBC News he experienced the illness in 2018 and began vomiting multiple times an hour.
“It felt like Edwards Scissorhands was trying to grab my intestines and pull them out,” he said.
Over nine months the then-17-year-old visited the emergency department 11 times for the same issue and the doctor told him it was likely a side effect from cannabis use.
“The only thing that convinced me was that it stopped when I stopped smoking,” Gribbon said.
NBC reported the illness is now becoming more prevalent in the United States as states legalise cannabis and as it becomes more potent.
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