Pueblo doctors see rise in marijuana sickness cases

Pueblo doctors see rise in marijuana sickness cases

PUEBLO, Colo. - Emergency room doctors at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo are seeing a rise of illnesses due to an excessive intake of marijuana.

It's a condition called "scromiting' which results in symptoms like screaming and vomiting. 

The illness is commonly referred as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. Medical experts believe the symptoms are the result of people consuming heavy amounts of marijuana over extended periods of time.

Kevin Weber, a ER physician, reports there were a spike in cases in Pueblo last summer, but they're still seeing at least one patient a week who suffers from the syndrome.

"These people are vomiting, and they do it loudly," Weber said, who works at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo. "They do it as loud as they can, and I can hear them out in the waiting room."

Weber said a couple years ago he never saw these cases, but now he's seeing patients on a weekly basis -- mainly ages 20 to 30.

"Sometimes they look at us incredulously and they have a hard time believing their severe wrenching is due to their marijuana use," he said.

One study found cannabis users would have to consume marijuana three to five times per day to develop the syndrome. But medicinal marijuana patients like, Michelle Drummond disagree.

"I've had three or four joints in a day and I've never had any strange reactions, like screaming or vomitting."

On the other side, some critics say it's important to remember consuming anything in excess can make you sick.

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