Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome - Time to Detox Cannabis Users.

August Dunning

    Let’s be honest, unless you are personally growing your own weed, there is a high risk that toxic chemicals have contaminated your medical or recreational marijuana. High demand, little oversight, toxic fungicides, toxic miticides and greed create this situation. This is something that immediately needs to be addressed. Several states that have seen chronic marijuana users walking into emergency rooms with abdominal pain and intense vomiting. This condition has been labeled: Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome; aka CHS. Hyperemesis means ‘prolonged vomiting.’ Syndrome means ‘a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms.” Doctors have a theory that it is from regular long term use of marijuana. But is it? The clue may be the vomiting. Dr. Joe Mercola stated in a recent article on his website Mercola.com that:

“Vomiting is a natural reflex that often occurs as a form of protection. In the event you consume something that is contaminated or poisonous, vomiting is your body's way of getting rid of it.”

    When we compare the doctor’s theories about chronic-user patients and what vomiting indicates…it sounds like CHS is the body trying to get rid of something contaminated or poisonous. So are the cannabinoids in marijuana – noted for being non toxic – the problem or is it something else tagging along for the ride? Dr. Kennon Heard postulates that: "The most likely cause is that people using marijuana frequently and in high doses have changes in the receptors in their body, and those receptors become dysregulated in some way, and it starts causing pain." In other words, the doctors have no idea why this is occurring. The condition is treated with hot showers and baths but most suggest reducing or eliminating the intake of marijuana. I disagree with their theory.

    What has been missed is the dramatic increase in liver disease and the subsequent inability to conjugate toxins in the phase 1 and 2 detox pathways because there is a dramatic lack of calcium and sulfur in the food supply from the broken agricultural methods. The liver is designed to bind toxins to compounds to neutralize them for elimination in the bowel. It only can only do this if it has the necessary ingredients to perform this function. It can be seen in this chart of the depletion of calcium from 1975 to 1995 over time in the food supply is coincidental with the increase in liver disease in this time; no calcium – liver doesn’t work.

    You can see in this USDA chart of selected vegetables that one of the most important parts of the phase 1 detox functionality, calcium, has been drastically reduced and with the advent of processed food it has been almost eliminated from the modern human diet.

With this insight in mind, CHS may be exacerbated by a condition of increased toxic load from not only the toxins contaminating the commercially grown cannabis with all its pesticide residue, but from toxins in the food supply. Unable to be removed by a non-functioning liver, toxins overload the body and lead to vomiting. There are actually two problems; one is the liver not able to detox due to mineral malnutrition creating the inability of the liver to perform glucuronidation. Glucuronidation is the body's major Phase II detoxification pathway in which hormones, foreign substances and toxic chemicals, especially pesticides, are made harmless and eliminated. Many of these chemicals are potential carcinogens. The second problem is that some gut bacteria produce an enzyme, β-glucuronidase, that destroys the bond of toxins conjugated out of a functioning liver while in the bowel, that allow the toxin to be re absorbed through the intestinal wall back into the blood stream. This means that even if the liver was working β-glucuronidase prevents toxins from being eliminated. In a non-functioning liver ALL the toxins never get eliminated. Toxic overload - vomiting. I suggest that it’s not the cannabis in-and-of-itself, it’s the toxic chemicals used to grow weed, the chronic toxicity of the ‘modern’ world and the depleted food. But in the late 1990’s a polish doctor, Dr Walazek, working in cancer cures with calcium salts found that a derivative of broccoli and apples can suppress the enzyme β-glucuronidase; Calcium D-Glucarate. This is a critical part of a larger solution to CHS. First step is to get your liver working again. It takes calcium and sulfur. Growing plants with Gypsum or My Grow Minerals (a multi mineral complex from ocean water) will provide plants with the ability to raise calcium and sulfur levels in the food you grow, but eating high sulfur and high calcium bearing food is the fastest and easiest way to get the liver detox pathways working. Organically grown, brown onions (the ones that make you tear when you cut them) provide sulfur and Kale and Spinach can provide calcium. This is the first step because you have to get toxin’s in a molecularly bonded neutralized form for elimination. The second step is to use the Calcium D-Glucarate to suppress the enzyme so you can start getting rid of stored toxins. The suggested solution by the doctors show that they do not know these parts of the puzzle. They say reduce or eliminate marijuana. This may not be possible if you are using cannabis for pain relief, anxiety or PTSD. But it will tend to reduce some levels of accumulation. They also suggest hot baths…this may cause an increase in blood flow and elimination of toxins by the kidneys in an effort to bypass the liver to reduce toxic levels. CHS is an important condition to resolve. I can’t prescribe for you but I have never had this problem with years of chronic cannabis use because I go on a course of Calcium D-Glucarate once a year. In fact, it’s my yearly new year treatment. 60 capsules, 200mg each evening at bedtime and in the morning for 30 days. Calcium D-Glucarate is proven to get rid of pesticides, aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, agricultural chemicals and reduces reactive oxygen species because it prevents the gut bacteria from producing the bond-cutting enzyme allowing toxins sent out of the liver the leave the body. Reducing toxins reverse and prevent cancer. Calcium D-glucarate breaks down to glucaric acid. Apples are one of the best food sources of glucaric acid and contain about 3.5 gms/Kg. One way to look at it: "An apple a day keeps the oncologist away."

It’s a new year…time to clean up and start fresh.

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