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What Is Scromiting? | Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

What Is Scromiting?

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), is a medical condition linked to the chronic use of cannabis. Cannabis is also commonly referred to as marijuana or weed. This syndrome was first identified and described in 2004, so it’s a fairly recent discovery in the medical world.


The key symptoms of CHS are persistent episodes of severe nausea and vomiting. Additionally, individuals suffering from this syndrome often experience significant abdominal pain. These symptoms can be quite distressing, leading to an experience referred to as “scromiting.” This term is derived from the words “screaming” and “vomiting,” depicting the intense discomfort that someone may experience due to continuous and severe vomiting, to the point that it prompts involuntary screaming. 


Symptoms of Scromiting

To identify scromiting, it’s important to understand its symptoms. These symptoms can vary in intensity and duration but typically include:

  • Intense vomiting episodes accompanied by severe pain and screaming.
  • Feelings of nausea and discomfort in the stomach.
  • A desire to take frequent hot baths or showers to temporarily alleviate the symptoms.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss due to persistent vomiting.
  • Dehydration.


What Is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a serious and potentially severe medical disorder. Occasionally referred to as “marijuana illness,” CHS can provoke intensive vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and dehydration. Managing this condition can be challenging and a lack of awareness often leads to stressful nights in emergency rooms. Due to the severity of the syndrome, many individuals require hospital care and IV fluids during a CHS episode.


CHS doesn’t affect everyone who uses cannabis. Oddly enough, many properties found in cannabis can actually lessen vomiting, which is why cannabis is often used to treat chemotherapy-induced vomiting and cyclic vomiting syndrome.


While data on the causes of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome are limited, research studies show that CHS may result from chronic overstimulation of the brain’s endocannabinoid system. Simply put, people who use cannabis in large amounts and/or at a high frequency often end up damaging their brain’s ability to control nausea and vomiting.


In general, those who are more prone to developing CHS are people who frequently smoke marijuana or cannabis users who have been using it regularly for over a year. As of now, there’s no conclusive evidence suggesting a specific quantity of cannabis intake increases the likelihood of developing CHS. However, higher dosages have been associated more frequently with the occurrence of scromiting.


What Are the Phases of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

Research on this type of cannabis sickness found that the syndrome is broken down into phases.


Generally, CHS progresses through three main phases:

  1. Prodromal Phase: In this initial phase, the person may start to have early symptoms like nausea and abdominal discomfort, particularly in the morning. At this stage, people often increase their use of cannabis as they believe it will help with nausea. This phase can last for months or even years.
  2. Hyperemetic Phase: This is the most severe phase. The person experiences continuous, unrelenting nausea and episodes of intense vomiting. They might also have stomach pain and loss of appetite. The symptoms can be so severe that they may require hospitalization for dehydration or electrolyte imbalances. Some people find relief in hot showers or baths, but the reason for this is not well understood.
  3. Recovery Phase: This phase begins once the person stops using cannabis. Nausea and vomiting gradually decrease and the person starts to regain their normal eating patterns, feeling better overall. The recovery phase can last for days, weeks, or months depending on the person and the severity of their CHS. 


It’s crucial to note that if cannabis use is resumed, the symptoms of CHS can return, and the cycle can begin again. For this reason, it is important for people to seek help in quitting cannabis and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of CHS if they decide to resume using the drug.


Is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Dangerous?

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome can be harmful, even though it is not typically life-threatening. The most significant danger comes from excessive vomiting, a major symptom of CHS. When a person vomits too much, they can get very dehydrated, lose important minerals called electrolytes from their body, and even have their kidneys stop working properly.


If caught early and treated properly, these issues can be avoided. Immediate and proper medical attention is the key to managing CHS safely. If you stop using cannabis, the condition can improve over time, and the danger of CHS can completely resolve without additional harm. 


Is There a Cure for Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

While there is no guaranteed cure for CHS, the main form of treatment is to stop using cannabis, which often relieves scromiting symptoms. Other helpful actions include taking hot baths for comfort, staying hydrated, and using medication to reduce vomiting. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to stabilize the individual, stop vomiting, and restore proper hydration and electrolyte levels

Can Marijuana Addiction Treatment Help?

Treatment for marijuana addiction can be very helpful for people with CHS since one of the main ways to treat scromiting is to stop using cannabis. These marijuana abuse treatment programs offer support to help you recover from cannabis use disorder and stay drug-free.


Addiction treatments can help you really understand how using marijuana can make CHS symptoms worse, which is a critical first step toward feeling better. Getting help to stop using marijuana can make a big difference for people who use marijuana and struggle with CHS.


At Royal Life Centers, our full continuum of care provides marijuana addiction treatment programs that focus on delivering individualized, high-standard care within a secure and serene environment. We strive to understand and address your unique needs, making sure you get the attention and support you need while you work to overcome any addiction. 


Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

Royal Life Centers’ treatment for substance abuse specializes in helping people who are struggling with addictions, including cannabis use disorders. With locations in Washington State and Arizona, we provide a range of services tailored to assist in addiction recovery. Our objective is to provide you with suitable care at every step of your recovery process.


Our Washington and Arizona rehab programs for marijuana addiction provide medical detoxification, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care.

Royal Life Centers’ addiction treatment program locations span several cities in Washington State including Lacey, Sumner, Mead, and Spokane.


Learn more about where to find our Washington rehabs.

Royal Life Centers’ addiction treatment programs in Arizona are located in the city of Prescott. 


Learn more about where to find our Arizona rehabs.

Medical Detox

Under the care of our experienced medical staff, individuals undergo a safe and monitored withdrawal process. Evidence-based practices such as medically supervised detox and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can assist in managing withdrawal symptoms and ensure comfort and safety. 


Our detox services also provide comfort medications to relieve the adverse effects of substance abuse. For instance, we provide anti-nausea medications to prevent scromiting in guests recovering from marijuana use disorder.


Residential Inpatient Care

Our residential inpatient program gives you a structured and helpful place to work on the issues that led to addiction. Through individual therapy, group counseling, and holistic treatments, guests learn the skills they need to stay sober.


Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs are for people who are moving from residential care to a more independent setting. They provide ongoing help and support. You can get through the early stages of recovery successfully with the help of intensive treatment and all-around care.


Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) helps people who need more care than standard outpatient treatment. A key focus of this continuing care program is to help people build life skills to succeed in their new sober lifestyle. For instance, counselors offer information on how to avoid relapse during group therapy sessions. By incorporating ongoing support, these programs help you to improve your coping skills while dealing with any barriers you face outside of treatment.


Outpatient Programs (OP)

Our outpatient program (OP) provides people who have finished higher levels of care. Treatment in OP is best for those who still need ongoing support with a variety of treatment choices. Individual and group therapy meetings focus on preventing relapse, learning new life skills, and helping you stay on the path to recovery.


Specialized Care and Holistic Approach

We understand the unique challenges faced by individuals struggling with marijuana addiction and its potential complications like CHS. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team offers specialized care tailored to each person’s individual needs.


Our approach is to treat the whole person, not just their addiction. This means we look after their physical well-being, mental health, and spiritual growth.


To help achieve this holistic healing, we work with proven therapies. These include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). These therapies help you understand your thoughts and feelings, manage stress, and make positive changes in your life. We believe in providing you with the tools you need for a healthier, addiction-free future.


Supportive Services

In addition to our comprehensive treatment programs, we also offer a wide range of treatment options to help our guests during recovery. These services include planning for aftercare, ways to stop relapse, family therapy, and support groups for former patients. We think that ongoing help and resources are important for long-term recovery.


Your Journey Starts Here: Reach Out to Royal Life Centers

Royal Life Centers understands the challenges faced by individuals struggling with marijuana addiction, including cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. That is why we’re here to help.


We provide compassionate and effective addiction treatment services, including specialized care for individuals experiencing addiction-related health issues. Through our comprehensive programs, personalized approach, and emphasis on holistic healing, we strive to help you or your loved one overcome addiction and build a foundation for lasting recovery. For instance, our rehab programs incorporate addiction education that discusses the negative side effects of marijuana use including scromiting.


To learn more about how we can help you or someone you know recover from addiction, please contact us today. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY. For more information about our programs and services, please take a look at our frequently asked questions page.


For additional information available to families suffering from mental and substance use disorders, we recommend reading our family resources page. Remember, recovery is possible, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Melissa Santiago
Jeff Grant
Medically Reviewed by Jeff Grant

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