Cyclic vomiting syndrome and marijuana use

July 1, 2016

Marijuana use can trigger recurrent cyclic vomiting in teenagers. Authors of a new report point out that 1 known cause of cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is chronic use of cannabis.

Marijuana use can trigger recurrent cyclic vomiting in teenagers. A new report points out that 1 known cause of cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) is chronic use of cannabis. Cyclic vomiting syndrome is a constellation of recurrent vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. When linked to chronic marijuana use, CVS has the unique characteristic of being temporarily relieved by frequent hot showers. The researchers recommend screening for marijuana use by history and a urine drug screen in adolescents with CVS who take hot showers for symptomatic relief (Sawni A, et al. Clin Pediatr. 2016;55[6]:560-563). 

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Ms Freedman is a freelance medical editor and writer in New Jersey. She has nothing to disclose in regard to affiliations with or financial interests in any organizations that may have an interest in any part of this article.