Emergency Room doctors throughout the country have seen a surge in young marijuana users having psychotic episodes and vomiting uncontrollably, due to the the extremely high levels of THC.
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome - now known by doctors as 'scromiting,' a mash-up of the words 'screaming' and 'vomiting,' has become a more frequent diagnosis at hospitals in Colorado, which first legalized weed for recreational purposes in 2012.
Just three years earlier, the ER at Parkview Medical Center in Pubelo reported five 'scromiting' cases, but by 2018 - six years after marijuana was legalized - the ER saw 120 cases - an increase of 230 percent in just nine years.
Reports of the syndrome had also doubled in two different ERs in Colorado shortly after weed became legal, according to NBC News.
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More and more young weed smokers are being hospitalized with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, otherwise known as 'scromiting,' data shows. The syndrome is characterized by non-stop vomiting and psychotic episode
Those who smoked weed daily were more likely to develop the syndrome
'Scromiting' is more prevalent among daily marijuana users, research suggests, who start smoking at a young age.
A 2017 study, for example, found that 97 percent of those who developed the condition reported using marijuana at least once a week, with 75 percent say
It also showed the median age patients with CHS started smoking was 16, and the median age of symptom onset was 24.
But the condition is also becoming more common as the marijuana industry increases the amount of THC, the main pyschoactive ingredient, in its products.
Experts said marijuana consumed 20 years ago contained around 2 to 3 percent THC, NBC reports, but the cannabis sold in markets like Colorado can have THC levels as high a 90 percent.
The market is also being flooded with concentrates, made with high levels of THC and other substances. According to NBC, concentrates made up 43 percent of Colorado's $2 billion cannabis market in 2020, up from 32 percent in 2019.
Consuming anything with more than 10 percent, however, can increase the odds of a psychotic break, according to a 2019 study, which also said that daily cannabis use was associated with increased odds of having a psychotic disorder.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer