Good news cannabis lovers. you do not have to quit forever! You just need to chill every now and again. T-Breaks will save you from having to quit.
I wont go into how much I love herb myself, or all of the issues I have had with CHS for the past 10 years or so…same symptoms and ER visits as every one else. The number one thing I can say is if you realize that it is CHS, then you have won half of the battle. It’s the non-diagnosis, and not knowing why these episodes are happening, that will kill you…or make you want to kill yourself. So, congratulations, you have learned now that it’s CHS.
Now an abbreviated version of my story. After several years of these episodes every few months, a clever ER doctor hit me with the Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome diagnosis. Like everyone, I was skeptical at first…but after doing research I had no doubt he was correct. Everything fit. At the time, and up to that time, I had only smoked flower.
So I stopped smoking for a couple of weeks, then lit up again…this time around less frequent than before. And this time, knowing about CHS, and what pre-vomiting episodes felt like, (digestion issues, loose stool, nausea, abdominal pain), I could monitor my body and pay close attention. When my body started feeling sick, I would break. Never got sick again. I eventually quit for about a year, but then took it up again about a year ago.
At that time, I transitioned to shatter and oil thinking it was possibly the combustion causing the CHS issues. I had convinced myself that CHS episodes would not happen again if I was using wax exclusively. WRONG. Last week it hit me - and it sucked. This was after daily use for several months. I ignored the symptoms when I should have taken a break. It was about three years between my last episode and this one. And I indulged a lot during those three years. (apart from the 1 year sabbatical)
My friends, over use of cannabis is the problem. Flower, edibles, & concentrates…it’s the cannabinoids. Not allergies, not Celiacs, not Crohns, not the wrong strain, not the wrong foods. Moderation is key, it seems. Like everything in life.
During this past year, I took many small 1-2 week breaks due to inaccessibility. I think this is what was saving me. But after about three months of heavy use - no breaks - BAM! That shit hit me like a wrecking ball.
I’d like to hear anyone else’s story about continued use after diagnosis.