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    Posted: 23 March 2009 at 12:46
Wow, it's like they're not even trying anymore.
Or they don't have to make up a convincing story as any old claptrap will do.

Amazingly, after thousands of years and hundreds of millions of users, twenty people in ONE area of South Australia plus one person in the US have formed the basis of a new syndrome.

Wow. Stunning that this 'syndrome' has just been noticed after all this time. Maybe it's due to that new 'super powerful skunk cannabis' that's never been seen before either?

On its own merits, I'd be interested in an unbiased look at this hypothesis, as it's recently been discovered that the gut (along with many other parts of the human body) contains cannabinoid receptors.

If the 'new syndrome' has some relation to the endo-cannabinoid system, there could be something to learn, as opposed to a cheap excuse to write a sensationalist headline.

The fact that the SA cases were all in one area might suggest some sort of contamination of local cannabis.

Anyhow, I don't think I can do justice to this tripe, so judge for yourself (all emphasis added by me for comedy effect):

Heavy hit: cannabis syndrome alert

There is mounting evidence to support the existence of a syndrome afflicting heavy cannabis users, after the world's first cases were found in South Australia.

The condition "cannabinoid hyperemesis" was first identified in a group of about 20 heavy drug users in the Adelaide hills in 2004, and a new case has emerged this time in the US.

The syndrome is characterised by nausea, stomach pain and bouts of vomiting - ill effects which, oddly, sufferers say they get some relief from by having a hot shower or bath.

The new case, involving a 22-year-old man in Omaha, is published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology where doctors were also told to consider it when treating people with unexplained vomiting.

"Given the high prevalence of chronic cannabis abuse worldwide and the paucity of reports in the literature, clinicians need to be more attentive to the clinical features of this under-recognised condition," writes Dr Siva Sontineni, and colleagues, from the Creighton University Medical Centre.

In the US case, the sufferer had been smoking marijuana daily and in heavy doses for six years. This eventually led to bouts of vomiting lasting two to three hours daily, and this was worse after meals.

As with South Australian cases, the young man initially turned to "compulsive hot bathing behaviour" to relieve the symptoms but he was not cured until he gave up smoking cannabis altogether.

Adelaide-based drug expert and emergency ward doctor, David Caldicott, said he had seen three cases of the illness and it was possibly also under-reported by sufferers.

"We're probably seeing the tip of the iceberg in the emergency departments. It's probably far more common but far milder [in the broader community]," he said.

Little was known about how cumulative cannabis use could lead to vomiting and, particularly, why sufferers would find some relief in hot bathing, Dr Caldicott also said.

"That's a distinct and unanimously recurrent feature of this condition, and we don't know why," he said.

"Grown men, screaming in pain, sweating profusely, vomiting every 30 seconds and demanding to be allowed to use the shower. It's a very dramatic presentation."

Dr Caldicott said the condition had been identified in a small number of cannabis users "but in the medical community it is now considered to be a real condition".

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, based at the University of NSW, is taking a more conservative approach.

Centre director Jan Copeland said more cases would need to emerge before it could be considered a new syndrome linked to chronic cannabis use.

"It is not unusual for there to be significant mental and physical health complications with this level of cannabis use," Professor Copeland said.

For more information on cannabis, the centre has a free national helpline: 1800 304050.



Damn, on the first reading, I thought there was a hotline specifically for 'cannabinoid hyperemesis', but it turns out its just a general cannabis info line. I doubt they'll have any useful growing tips.

The current anti-cannabis push seems to be becoming a bit hysterical, as powerful arms of the establishment are discussing legalisation and taxation of cannabis more seriously, due to the unfolding economic crisis.

See also the recent debate in the UK about the ethics of a writer who chose to publish a book on her (gainfully employed and apparently quite normal) son's 'skunk addiction' and why she had to throw him out of the house in his teens. The debate was about privacy and whether a writer has the right to publish 'autobiographical' details that violate someone else's privacy.

All in all, the UK media was quite disapproving of her self-centred stance, but very few journalists (the wonderful Will Self being an exception) challenged the notion that 'skunk' was the cause of the problem.

By the son's account, his parents are simply gullible, over-emotional, cossetted people who can't differentiate between a joint and a crack pipe.

Nevertheless, a week after the debate, the father got to write a long piece in the Guardian defending his wife's exploitation of their son and rolling out the same tired, thoroughly debunked cliches about cannabis - mental illness, super powerful skunk, The Children, etc etc.

Naturally, he wasn't quite brave enough to allow comments on the article.
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  Quote jimmygrewsome Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2009 at 19:37
They should mention about all the heavy cannabis users who feel nausea whenever they read bullshit like that? More than 21 sufferers I expect!
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  Quote alkoholics Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 March 2009 at 20:07
Man i just read half that and i felt like pukeing, so i stopped and smoked some hot knives of some Sweet Dreams and i sure as heck dont feel like pukeing anymore%3chumbs%20Up up for MJ %3chumbs%20Down down for retarded reports.
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