Local doctors address illness linked to chronic marijuana use

by: Linzi Sheldon

Doctors around the Pacific Northwest are identifying a mysterious illness baffling patients and even other medical professionals.

“The pain is so intense, I can’t make it go away,” Jigna Howland said. “I can’t make the vomiting stop.”

The sickness is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, known as CHS, and it’s linked to chronic marijuana use. It’s so new that there are no hard numbers on how many people are affected across the country. Doctors believe using large amounts of marijuana frequently triggers a painful vomiting syndrome — but only in certain people.

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