What is ‘scromiting’ and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?
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You might have heard the term ‘scromiting’ in relation to cannabis consumption – but what does it actually mean, and should you be concerned about it? If you hadn’t heard of the term ‘scromiting’ before, you probably have now, thanks to a high profile Daily Mail article this weekend and its subsequent Twitter uproar. Scromiting – or ‘scream vomiting’, a term used to describe intense nausea and violent vomiting that is so painful it can cause patients scream – is a symptom of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). CHS is a rare condition characterised by repeated and extreme bouts of vomiting, which in some cases can lead to severe dehydration. While ‘scromiting’ has been described as a ‘nickname’ for CHS, not everyone with the condition will experience it. It is just one of a range of symptoms, including recurrent nausea, abdominal pain, sweating, dehydration, fluctuations in body temperature and weight loss. The first phase of symptoms can last for weeks, months or years and may include early morning nausea, abdominal pain and a fear of vomiting. These will then progress to ongoing nausea, repeated episodes of vomiting, pain, reduced food intake, weight loss and dehydration. The recovery phase will begin once you stop using cannabis. Symptoms will usually ease after a day or two – but not in all cases – and they are likely to return if you try consuming cannabis again. What do we know about it? Not a great deal is known about CHS, which was only first described in 2004. Some sources report that it affects only 0.1 per cent of people, but it is becoming increasingly common as more countries and US states legalise adult-use of cannabis. It is believed to be most commonly diagnosed in young adults – aged 18-29 – but can affect people…
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