Rockford area hospitals are seeing patients who have ingested marijuana and experienced severe vomiting after.

When I think of side effects from cannabis, things like the munchies, paranoia, and passing out come to mind. I've never put vomiting and weed together. That's more of a drinking thing, but apparently it happens more often than you would think. In fact, it's been a common occurrence in Rockford since January 1st.

According to,

"One major problem identified in the past several months at Swedish American Hospital is cannabinoid hyperemesis. It is a rare condition that leads to repeated and severe bouts of vomiting and occurs in daily long-term users of marijuana. Typically soon after marijuana was ingested. The patients had debilitating nausea. Their only comfort was ... hot showers on the abdomen” to relieve symptoms. It's an unpleasant reaction but it is not terribly harmful in and of itself,"

“It’s not something we were expecting and we don’t know what is causing it. Maybe the increase in THC levels. The cannabis products sold in dispensaries typically are more potent than those purchased on the street. Patients may be more apt to report marijuana use to medical professionals as the drug has become more widely accepted."

Your best bet is to pace yourself.

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