Marijuana-Related Illness Increases in Legalized States

(Yahoo News) As various states move towards the legalization of marijuana, doctors are noticing the increase of a particular illness that is associated with regular use of the drug. Emergency rooms have been seeing an influx of patients with the same symptoms – severe abdominal pain and intense vomiting – and this increase is particularly high in certain states that have already legalized the use of marijuana.

While some doctors have been perplexed by these symptoms, the disease does have a name: cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. The illness is believed to be caused by regular and long-term use of marijuana.

There seems to be a direct correlation between CHS and states that have passed marijuana legalization measures. One study shows that CHS diagnoses nearly doubled at two of Colorado’s hospitals since 2009 – the year that it was decided that Colorado needed a state-regulated medical marijuana distribution system.

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  • antifasciste

    CHS probably caused by low quality munchies. I’ve used cannabis daily for more than ten years and never experienced nausea. Best PTSD treatment I’ve found.

  • Vince

    Hard to sympathize with stoners, they’re the biggest losers in America.

    • antifasciste

      Bigger losers than a junkies or judgmental religious nuts?

    • antifasciste

      Not a very Christ-like attitude toward God’s children that may be hurting or feeling lost.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Children need real parents. USA needs Christianity to be meaningful. It’s so suicidal to force the children to be immoral today when there are so many addicts.

        • antifasciste

          Possibly true Grace, but cannabis is not physically addicting as are opioids, alcohol and amphetamines.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Unless Americans delight in God again, there is no hope anyway. USA must never hate Christianity. Man has nothing to live for if the glory of God is barred.

        • johndoe

          Definitely doesn’t need christianity to be meaningful.

      • Chris Gerber

        I agree with Vince. With all the information out there about this… it is very hard for me to reason the validity of even starting the use of Marijuana…. or any other drug abused for that matter, including tobacco.

        • antifasciste

          While cannabis remains a Schedule 1drug, meaningful research has not taken place. We do know, however, cannabis is not physically addicting, and the combination of CBD and THC, successfully treat several diseases, including PTSD and epilepsy.

          • Chris Gerber

            There are other methods for that.

          • antifasciste

            Not as effective or more conducive to nature. Your willful blindness is astonishing.

          • Chris Gerber

            I was referring to psychological methods. I don’t think willful blindness is a factor in this.

          • antifasciste

            You are not arguing there are psychological treatments for epilepsy or seizure disorders are you? Cannabis is arguably superior for the treatment of seizures than a standard protocol of barbiturates.

          • Chris Gerber

            No.. but forget the whole thing.. because I am responding to a myriad of comments.. it’s getting confusing. Lets just say that I am against the use of cannabis and leave it at that. And end this conversation,. not worth the effort as far as I am concerned.

          • antifasciste

            Cool, you’re entitled to your opinion. Peace.

          • Ginai Doma

            You are wrong. Marijuana is highly addictive and it’s use is prohibited in the Bible. The word “sorceries” is a translation of the Greek word pharmekia (in which we get the word pharmacy). The Bible says anyone who commits sorceries will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Anyone who practices drug use will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

          • antifasciste

            Perhaps the most ridiculous reply I’ve seen on this site. Nobody with any level of education could seriously argue cannabis is physically addicting. People with cancer are practicing sorceries via chemotherapy? Maybe your magic diety could just heal them.

          • Ginai Doma

            What are you doing trolling a Christian website?

          • antifasciste

            Pointing out something with which I disagree or have evidence to the contrary is trolling? Hmm, interesting. Bottom line, cannabis is NOT physically addicting, and has been clinically shown to be preferable to available pharmaceuticals for some conditions.

          • Ginai Doma

            Your words, “Perhaps the most ridiculous reply I’ve seen on this site. Nobody with any level of education could seriously argue cannabis is physically addicting. People with cancer are practicing sorceries via chemotherapy? Maybe your magic diety could just heal them.”

            1. You ridiculed the facts I presented stating that nobody with any level of education can provide a serious arguement about the addictive properties of cannabis. (As I am an educated individual, this comment was facetious at best and insulting at worst.)

            2. Then you use an allegory to try and connect two unrelated events (people with cancer receiving chemotherapy) with the source topic.

            3. Then you try and insult myself and all who believe that Jesus Christ is God Almighty with a flippant remark.

            And you state you’re not trolling?

          • antifasciste

            Yawn, given your inability to distinguish an analogy from an allegory precludes any rational informed discussion. Additionally your subjective conception of God is obviously different than mine. If God created cannabis, I suspect it is there to use as medicine and/or enjoy it’s mind expanding qualities.

          • Ginai Doma

            God is not subjective. He is an individual that apparently you do not know. One day soon you will stand before Him in judgement. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when that day comes.

          • antifasciste

            Evidently reading comprehension is not one of your character strengths, I didn’t say God is subjective, but your conscious perception is. Thanks for the warning though, I was certainly not aware of your role of grand Inquisitor regarding who knows God.

          • Dan

            And it’s use is prohibited in the bible? I’m a Christian and aren’t you embarrassed?

          • Ginai Doma

            Matthew 7:22-23
            Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
            And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

          • Dan

            You’re saying that paragraph tells everything our lord and savior thought about the subject? What about the apostle Matthew? What kind of day did he have that day and who was he talking to; did he change his mind and clarify or add to what he said? Just with those 2 questions also tell me why you believe this book is accurate? The earliest bible was written 100 yrs after the death of Jesus. After this the only documents we haver are 300yrs after the death of Jesus. Also, Jesus’ divinity wasn’t even decide until 300yrs after his death? Lets also not forget none of the apostles were the actual authors of the news testament.
            However, if you tell me you’re an evangelical I’ll understand your ignorance.
            GD must take into consideration so much more to truly understand how you are hopelessly without in this matter and when you do you will realize what God truly wants? What is that?
            YOUR FAITH AND TRUST THAT IT IS FINISHED. All of which comes from YOU and not from that book.

            Let’s just stop being foolish and quit pretending you have a magical book with all the answers because you don’t.

            Now that being said I’m a Christians and I believe in the gospel and I also believe it’s message is what truly stands the test of time and says everything our Messiah wanted to say. So I say to you GO and spread the Good News ; Sister and use the book for yourself and let it’s meaning help you become a better person.
            However, pentecost was worth more than every stroke made in that book and what you received ; which is a gift is what is important and cannot be ruined by misinterpretation.

            Understand this and live your life and stop condemning someone else for theirs.
            Use the gospel and only the gospel to bring others to the messiah.
            Yeah, I know what your bible says about every stroke in it but good sense should tell you there is something missing in the context and because of that I bring you back to FAITH ; in Jesus being the messiah which is THE GOOD NEWS!

          • Ginai Doma

            Being a Christian you should know that EVERY word in the Bible is from God therefore from Jesus for He is God! The Bible is God’s Word and Jesus is the Word of God. If you do not believe the Bible..then you do not believe Jesus. We live our lives according to what the Bible says…not what man says and we must seek to understand the whole Bible. The Bible has no contradictions. If you find contradictions, you must ask the Lord for wisdom, because you have gaps in your understanding.

            Matt 5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

            2 Timothy 3:16-17
            All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

          • Dan

            Where did I say the bible has contradictions GD?
            In fact I believe the bible is the only source we have that tells us we have a creator. But using it like you’re doing; spouting out scripture; is the incorrect way to use it but that is just my opinion.

            I’m telling you to get off the milk and walk with the meat of the holy spirit.
            What I said was clear and a true blessing to you but if it wasn’t that is still ok.

            However, the idea that you think marijuana is bad ; which started this conversation ; means to me ; you are the one of us Paul spoke of in which you have not gained the understanding that I have. Are you familiar with this passage ?

            with that said I’m glad you believe in the gospel and I’ll leave it at that

            God Bless

          • johndoe

            Proof? It’s used to treat seizures, nausea in cancer patients, pain, etc. Read up and educate yourself

          • Chris Gerber

            Some research and references?? The way you have worded your comment makes it controversial.

          • Ginai Doma

            Galatians 5:19-21
            Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

            Revelation 21:8
            But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

            pharmakeia {far-mak-i’-ah}
            Greek: noun feminine
            Possible Definitions:
            1a) the use or the administering of drugs
            1b) poisoning
            1c) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it; the deceptions and seductions of idolatry

            Word Origin
            from pharmakeuó (to administer drugs)
            Definition
            the use of medicine, drugs or spells
            NASB Translation
            sorceries (1), sorcery (2).

          • Chris Gerber

            Ah, thank you.. I believe that Doctors and medicine and the proper use of medications are a gift to mankind from God. I also believe in divine healing if it is the Lord’s Will. you must be one of us that solely believes in divine healing from God… More power to you if that is the case.

          • Chris Gerber

            I’ll take a moratorium on that until it is “definitely” determined that this illness is or is not related to Marijuana.

    • Covey WhiteGold

      Move up with the times people, This Remarkable plant is slow down, stopping even reversing, many Diseases, Cancers…Epileptic children are getting thier lives back becasue it heals the brains, it heals the lungs. You eople eally need to catch up with the new knowledge or nt, I enjoy having it all to myself. Closed minded people might be like the weak and the strong and how we survive becasue of a knowledge we have known for sometime that is only now becoming main stream and common knowledge, I can only say I feel sorry for many of you.

      • antifasciste

        Big 👍👍Covey!!

      • Ginai Doma

        All lies perpetrated by the Liberal agenda. Marijuana is a carcinogen and a mind altering drug. It was rightfully classified as a class 1 drug that should be banned.

        • johndoe

          I guess that’s why it’s used to treat seizures in pediatric patients….

    • Paul Rosen

      Says the guy who just read this article and posted his response on a digital device invented and developed by stoners who changed the world and are laughing all the way to the bank.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Stoners drug children and it must be stopped.

        • johndoe

          Nobody is drugging kids

  • Nedd Kareiva

    The Libertarian part of me believes marijuana should be the decision of the user. I do believe, as do some others, that it is a lost cause for cops who would be far better off spending time prosecuting real criminals instead of simple users. That said, the increasing number of users (particularly in Colorado) reported to be ending up in the hospital is a sobering statistic that cannot be ignored. Add to that certain medical reports about maryjane having potentially serious adverse effects to the brain and causing many of its users to go to an early grave and I’m having a difficult time with my current position. There may admittedly be medical use users benefiting from legalization but I believe those are the exceptions rather than the rule. As such, I feel we need to rethink public policy on legalization. I never needed it, wanted it or used it, thank you very much, and I daresay so many others out there feel the same way.

    • Covey WhiteGold

      Read my answered comment above, to much to repeat.. Your living in old misinformation of information based on a science that still new nothing of this plant. Read the new found information, like children no longer suffering from epileptic seizures, healing thier brains. Now how can this plant be so damaging to the brain if it’s healing the neurological damage beyond what pharmacies could do and still trying to do?

    • antifasciste

      Correlation does not equal causation.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Addicts should not keep the land. If Americans loved the Lord, they’d never have sought pleasures by substance but raise children properly to fear God and be blessed. Seeking pleasures is a low-level thing for humanity. Seek God and His truth and His love.

    • Covey WhiteGold

      Cannabis is only Psycholgically addicting, thier are no physical withdrawl sysmtoms, it is now considered safer than coffee becasue quitting coffee brings on headaches. Cannabis is Habitual, like biting your nails. Bless you and all those your heart touches. 🙂

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        But they will seek more powerful drugs in no time. Total abstinence is the only solution. Keep the family intact and teach children to fear God and delight in Him alone. USA must never, never prohibit Christianity. It’s their lifeline like no other.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Where there is joy and pleasure:
    “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.
    For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
    You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;
    At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16)

  • Chris Gerber

    Duh!!!

  • BHillstead

    One question, if this condition was totally unheard of in 2009, even by doctors, how did they determine that incidences of this illness ‘nearly doubled’? Did the number of patients with this illness increase from 0 to 1? How could it have been unknown until legalization kicked in? People have been smoking pot since long before it was legalized.

    • Covey WhiteGold

      My guess would be if it’s not another Reefer Madness claim then; the pestisides Now being used that wasn’t in the past is creating the side effect.

    • Covey WhiteGold

      Good Questions, excellent…

    • Tangent002

      It’s ‘Reefer Madness’-esque fear mongering, plain and simple.

      In Colorado, the biggest problem is a higher instance of alcohol poisoning due to ‘cross-fading’ – that is, taking both marijuana and alcohol at the same time. The dope suppresses the regurgitation response triggered by high booze intake. The primary culprit, however, is the alcohol.

    • Lexical Cannibal

      To add to that, “doubling” from “nearly unheard of” is still really small. Like, if I stub my toe twice a year, then one year do it four times, that’s still not exactly statistically significant.

  • rr

    Figure this out, WE charge up the wazoo for cigarettes and tell people that they are killing themselves but we go ahead and legalize weed DUA . I give up on our legal system and the people who make these laws ,are they dope heads too ???

  • Gizmo

    Radio talk show host Michael Medved frequently devotes an hour of his show to marijuana, so all the red-eyes start phoning in and babbling about how they’re able to function just fine. Meanwhile the audience is rolling in the floor at these incoherent dipsticks who are too cowardly and childish to face the real world without their drug blurring reality for them. They have no clue how they sound, they talk like characters out of Alice in Wonderland.

  • LEVI WARNING

    pharmaceutical marijuana is the cause not homegrown. Pharmaceutical marijuana is genetically engineered it is not marijuana!

  • Dan

    So now this is on a Christian site and soon they’ll be using this all over social media.

    People realize pot smoking in abundance has been around long before the state’s legalized it.