Doctors Say Too Much Marijuana Will Make You Sick
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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Jimmy: When I saw this one yesterday, I thought of you. I know you will appreciate it. From an article at USATODAY.com:

"DETROIT -- For daily marijuana users seeking relief from nausea, doctors now say that using too much for too long can have the opposite effect in rare cases — triggering abdominal cramping, vicious vomiting and an overwhelming urge for a hot shower.

Yes, a shower.

In cases of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, doctors theorize that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, overwhelms the body's autonomic nervous system, which normally controls breathing and digestion and other automatic functions, said Dr. Cassius Drake, medical director of the emergency department at Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown.

That leads to a condition that has been likened to the morning sickness associated with pregnancy, said Susan Smolinske, managing director at the Children's Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center.

"Marijuana typically causes the munchies, right? This is the anti-munchies," she said.

And a sufferer's scramble for the tub?

"The thinking is that a hot shower gives some feedback that resets temporarily the autonomic system," Drake said.

Identified only in recent years, the condition seems to be rare, affecting only long-term daily users, according to medical literature.

At the Kalamazoo-based Michigan Holistic Health, clinicians have seen no cases among about 13,000 clients, said registered nurse Annette Crocker who, with her husband, Dr. David Crocker, runs the clinic.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the Washington-based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said reported cases most likely have to do with a malfunction of the patient's internal system, not because of the marijuana, which has been used for years to settle queasy stomachs.

"Cannabis has a long history as an antiemetic agent," he said.

Still, poison control officials have been called at least five times since mid-May about marijuana users being severely nauseous and vomiting, Smolinske said.

At Henry Ford, Drake said he diagnosed his first case in recent weeks.

More cases may be reported as Michigan doctors see more medical marijuana users under the state's 5-year-old medical marijuana law, Drake said.

Though the condition isn't deadly, it can be expensive. If doctors don't recognize it, they might order CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, blood screenings — the types of tests that can run into tens of thousands of dollars, Drake said."

See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/26/doctors-too-much-medical-marijuana-can-make-you-sick/2591331/

Hmmm.....perhaps it's Detroit's recent bankruptcy and the overall state of the Michigan economy that are making these people extremely sick. Even wacky tabacky can't buzz them into Nirvana.....



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JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 16:01 PM

Hi Sebe: yes too much of anything ain't good for you. I like the Steve Miller soundtrack you provided but it obscures some of the beginnings of the blog in a black line.

I do know that my Aunt Cladis who died of liver cancer in the 80's at age 79 smoked two joints a day. One before chemo and one after. She had some inbetween treatment tokes also. She went from a low of 97 pounds before dying 2 years after her diagnosis weighing a portly 124 pounds. The cannabis stopped her nausea and increased her appetite, not to mention mellowing out her psyche. She was a riot when stoned. No depression about her terminal illness and much smiling and laughter. I rolled her first joint for her and she caught on right away and took to rolling them up herself.

My cannabis use peaked in the 70's and virtually shut down after my two boys were born.

However, I can tell you that what I may have inhaled during the 60's and 70's don't hold a candle compared to the weed that's out there now. I have been "told" :) that taking one hit can send you to never never land. It is potent stuff!!! And costs a hell of a lot more then it did in my day.

You ever took a toke or two? And don't say yes, but you didn't inhale. :)!

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Hi Jimmy:

"I like the Steve Miller soundtrack you provided but it obscures some of the beginnings of the blog in a black line."

I'm not sure why this is happening - I don't see it on my PC. Other than the first paragraph (a few short sentences) and the last two sentences, everything else can be read at the USATODAY.com link I provided, so you should be able to see the whole article there.

"You ever took a toke or two? And don't say yes, but you didn't inhale. :)!"

Okay - then I'll say "no," and I didn't inhale. :}

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 13:00 PM

...but seriously....I'll pass along an experience which conveys truth and doesn't provoke thoughts of the 5th Amendment:

It was about 10 p.m. local time on 4 January 1972. I was a brand-new E3 just out of advanced individual training, and I was reporting in to the barracks of my first permanent military station: an Army Air Defense unit on a U.S. Air Force Base in the Eifel mountain region of western Germany. It was a Tuesday, and I had just spent all day riding an Air Force "Blue Goose" bus which originated at Gutleut Kaserne in Frankfurt. I was greeted by the battery Charge of Quarters (a.k.a. "CQ"), who at some point in the sign-in process asked me:

"Are you a doper or an alky?"

As I had lived a mostly sheltered life in my far South Side of Chicago cocoon, my reply was a quizzical look and words to the effect: "What does THAT mean?" To which he replied: "It's for room assignment." I was still confused, so the CQ said he'd assign me with the dopers. (I later found out that one significant difference between the two groups was that the alky's tended to get violent and destructive when drunk, while the dopers were all about "peace and love.") But in any event my first night's experiences with the dopers prompted me to seek room reassignment with the alky's the following day. Because......

I found out that when you room with dopers, you don't have to actually smoke or "inhale." If you are breathing, you ARE inhaling. I also discovered that the stuff made me nauseous and made my eyes burn.

Soooooooo.....the moral of the story is:

I'm glad that it helped Aunt Cladis, but I hope I never need any of that weed for medicinal purposes.....

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 13:50 PM

Just say "NO" if the subject comes up and maybe give some thought to having it written into your Advance Directives and your Living Will. Now days THC, the active ingredient in Pot, comes in liquid and pill form.

And make sure your Doctor is not or never was a doper.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 17:25 PM

Jimmy: Nancy (as in Reagan - not Pelosi) would be proud.....

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 17:42 PM

I agree Sebe. Nancy's just say NO anti-drug initiative was THE most fiscally responsible anti-drug policy ever brought forth by Republicans or Democrats. It didn't cost anything.

Course, by now, people of sound mind know that the War Against Drugs is over, even tho the tills are still a turning, and DRUGS.....sigh... won.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 17:49 PM

Yep - "no" lost and substance-induced mind alteration is still thriving. BTW: Did you see that they cast Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan in "The Butler?" (I guess they did it because Jane and "Red" always did go well together...)

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 18:31 PM

I think SOMEBODY IS on Drugs.

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 21:44 PM

Mary Jane needs to be legalized!

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 23:09 PM

So does Ginger. Oh, that was Mary ANN, wasn't it.......

HMJC commented on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:10 AM

I did inhale and if my job didn't drug test I probaly would still casualy inhale. I can't remember one time when I inhaled that I wanted to fight or drive around looking for a fight. Admittitedly I do remember ranch dressing and frozen corn being a delicacy but did not get in any trouble. On the other hand, with booze I was irresponsible, chalked up a couple of DUI's, and almost ruined my career and my marraige. I realize that not everybody has the same expieriance however, I am willing to bet that anyone who has drank has at least one instance they wish they could take back. I don't have any from my inhaling days...

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 08:24 AM

Very honest postings it seems here!!! Alcohol was the prime ingredient that did help usher in the demise of my first marriage. I have many regrets.


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