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CJ13

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I'm a 30 y/o female who was diagnosed with CVS in 2007, though I've lived with CVS since 2000. My episodes began at 14 y/o and have always been triggered by anxiety- good or bad. The worse I've endured is three episodes in one year, my longest dormant phase was two years. My shortest episode was three days and longest, 16 days. Every episode includes a trip (or several) to the ER. I've been admitted several times and put on a morphine drip to keep me asleep and from violently vomiting/dry heaving.
I am also a long time, heavy, marijuana smoker. Which does not agree with our western medical professionals opinions. I have never, let me repeat: I have NEVER associated my marijuana use to my CVS. In my opinion, and based on how MJ assists me during an episode, also based on the bogus research and studies out there in relation to Cannabinoid Hyperemisis, I have CVS NOT CH. The worse year I had with CVS was the eight months I quit smoking MJ to rule out CH. Upon my third episode in eight months, I began smoking again- viola! I was able to sleep, I was able to begin drinking fluids on my own and eventually eat. MJ helps me so much during my episodes, bringing my anxiety down as well.
Here's what I have recognized doesn't work: sativa. Sativa sickness is real, those studies I believe and agree with. Marijuana is either a sativa or an indica, or a mix of both. The levels of THC in MJ has increased significantly in a short period of time (30 years). What I've noticed is the high levels of THC in a sativa based strain of MJ gives me anxiety enducing my vomiting during an episode. It can also cause such high anxiety during a dormant phase that it will trigger an episode.
With the legalization (in some states), comes required testing before distribution of MJ, allowing for easier access to indica dominant strains.
MJ is my natural way of medicating for my anxiety. I am an extremely intelligent and analytical individual whose mind knows no bounds. I am able to function amongst crowds where I'd otherwise fade out due to awkward social skills; I can enjoy the moment instead of thinking so hard on everything happening around me, when I self medicate. I'm not suggesting, I'm not promoting, I'm simply stating my experience and what I've found works/doesn't work for ME, not everybody. I hope to find some that can relate and maybe help someone learn something new.
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Only some of the Cannabis posts are in this thread  Try a message board search.  I know zero about the types of Cannabis so I found your explanation on Sativa and Indica very interesting. I live in a medical marijuana state  but don't know anyone who is being prescribed.  It sounds like you are able to get good medical treatment despite using marijuana.  Others say as soon as they test positive the medical staff treats them terribly and kicks them out of the ER.

I hope that more doctors can learn how some are helped with Cannabis and others made sick by it.  Maybe it is as simple as the strain.

A couple of encouraging posts to read are by Smoke Eater.  Smoke had  a horrible bout of CVS with several cycles every week.  In a marijuana friendly state for a visit, a family friend gave him some medical marijuana to try during a cycle.  Smoke called me, he sounded more clear on the phone than I can ever remember and his cycle was completely over within 30 minutes.  His home state is now a legal state and he is prescribed cannabis.  I hope he is doing well on it.

Good luck, whatever works is certainly a positive.

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CJ13

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Thank you ginny!
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Oh my.. you are like my twin. I got diagnosed in 2007 but have had CVS since 2001. My episodes don't last as long as yours but mine always end up in the ER. I smoke MJ as well to help my anxiety as well as the pain I have when I have an episode. I just got into CBD stuff and this is amazing for anxiety too. Within seconds of smoking my CBD vape I have calmed down enough to function.
Sativa does not work for me. It makes me sick when I smoke it, gives me a gnarly headache my stomach starts hurting me and I feel like an episode coming on. It's all about indica for me. It helps me sleep and eat.
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This post has been extremely helpful for me. My husband was a regular marijuana smoker, I actually just posted his story like 2 mins ago, he was told the same thing that his smoking was causing his CVS. I am not a marijuana smoker so I couldn't understand why my husband wouldn't stop. He kept telling me that it helps him. He gets treated poorly from ER's and even some doctors that we have seen in the past when he has marijuana in his system. Some even refusing to help him at all. His doctor now is supportive and she says she is not educated enough on the topic to say whether it is hurting or helping so she recommends he does what helps him feel relief. He still goes through episodes even when he isn't smoking so it is obviously not the cause. I was trying to get him into Dr. Thangam Venkatesan a few years back but his doctor that he was seeing at the time said he wouldn't give the referral because he was a marijuana smoker.  I am considering asking his new doctor if she would give the referral. 

 


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If you read some of the medical studies on cannabinoid hyperemisis you’ll find a lack of correlation to exactly how excessive, long term marijuana use causes a cycle of vomiting.
CBD is amazing. I hope it helps keep your vomiting at bay!
I began an anti-anxiety medication and it’s helped me tremendously!
This is all a never ending process of learning for me. Since it only occurs every so often, I don’t have much time to figure out what works and am more inclined to just do what I know works. I’ve recently been focusing on regulating my anxiety and depression because they’re such contributing factors for my vomiting. Maybe developing new neuropathways will help me override this illness?
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