Did you ever hear of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS?
According to CBS News, it is caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. For unclear reasons, the nausea and vomiting are relieved by hot showers or baths.
CHS can lead to dehydration and kidney failure, but usually resolves within days of stopping drug use.
CHS has only been recognized for about the past decade, and nobody knows exactly how many people suffer from it.
But as more states move towards the legalization of marijuana, emergency room physicians are eager to make sure both doctors and patients have CHS on their radar.
In January 2016, the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. (IBH) released a report calling for a sustained and systematic annual collection, analysis and reporting of data related to the public health, safety and other consequences of marijuana use and marijuana legalization.
Over the last year IBH has explored opportunities for national leadership on this vital initiative. As a result of that exploration, IBH has revised its Strategy calling on US Congress to designate the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to establish an independent Scientific Committee to Monitor the Effects of Marijuana Policy Changes.
As described in the revision of "A Strategy to Assess the Consequences of Marijuana Legalization", there is ample precedence for Congress to take on this role.
The charge of the Scientific Committee would include:
To assemble, synthesize and interpret available data and research pertaining to the effects of marijuana use and the effects of...