According to a new article published by The New York Times, hot showers and baths are becoming a common treatment for Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome--a condition among heavy marijuana users that involves cyclic vomiting and unbearable pain. Until recently, the syndrome was considered to be rare. However, emergency rooms are starting to see a steady increase in cases--especially in states that have legalized marijuana.
“After marijuana was legalized in Colorado, we had a doubling in the number of cases of cyclic vomiting syndrome we saw,” says Dr. Cecilia J. Sorensen, an emergency room doctor at University of Colorado Hospital. And a new study out of New York City seems to back those findings. Of the 155 patients who participated and said they smoked marijuana at least 20 days a month, 51 users said they had during the past six months experienced nausea and vomiting that were specifically relieved by hot showers.