Cannabis – Do You Use Cannabis? Cannabis Oil, Weed, Marijuana, Herb, Pot

cannabis-cannabis oil, weed, marijuana, potMany people who suffer from pancreatitis use cannabis in some form for such as cannabis oil or they smoke weed (Marijuana) for relief of symptoms such as intractable pain and nausea yet a word of caution …

There is an inherent risk of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome or CHS [1,2,3] due to a poison called Azadirachtin [4,5]. Azadirachtin is found in the seeds of the Neem tree, Azadirachta indica (Neem Oil) and is used as an organic pesticide.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Symptoms

The symptoms of CHS can be awfully nasty. You probably won’t die (yet there have been cases in India that ended in death) but you might think you are on your way out. Seek emergency treatment!

  1. Abdominal pain, often severe
  2. Extreme nausea
  3. Vomiting, often intractable
  4. Rapid breathing, tachypnea with acidotic respiration

Symptoms that could prove deadly

  1. Organ involvement, failure
  2. Death 

Antidote and Emergency Treatment

You can read this exact quote here, again this article, section 12.1.1:

Gastrointestinal decontamination: Due to the severe gastrointestinal irritation, gastric emptying and catharsis are not indicated. Consideration should be given to administration of activated charcoal … 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. Reigart, J.R., Roberts, J.R. Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings. 5th ed. 1999. EPA Document No. EPA 735-R-98-003, and available in electronic format at: , p. 63

If this insecticide is safe for humans why is there an antidote and emergency treatment section of a government document?

Most of the info from agriculture circles will tell you that Azadirachtin is safe [5].

But is it really?

Here is an excerpt of one article section 12.1.2 called “human toxicity excerpts” published by the National Institute of Health, NIH:

Human Toxicity Excerpts

/SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS/ Neem seed oil produced occasional diarrhea, nausea, and general discomfort when given orally as an anthelmintic. /Neem seed oil/
Krieger, R. (ed.). Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology. Volume 1, 2nd ed. 2001. Academic Press, San Diego, California., p. 132
from HSDB

/SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS/ … 13, including 2 fatal, poisoning cases due to neem seed (margosa) oil, a traditional remedy in India and Malaysia, /were reported/. Five to ten milliliters of the oil given orally to children against minor ailments caused vomiting, drowsiness, tachypnea with acidotic respiration, and polymorphonuclear leukocytosis, and encephalopathy developed within hours of ingestion. Seizures, associated with coma, developed in some cases. Autopsy demonstrated pronounced fatty acid infiltration of the liver and proximal renal tubules, with mitochondrial damage, and cerebral edema, changes consistent with Reye’s syndrome. Krieger, R. (ed.). Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology. Volume 1, 2nd ed. 2001. Academic Press, San Diego, California., p. 132

And here’s the scary part about CHS: The vomiting is often intractable. Even powerful antiemetics such as prochlorperazine and  promethazine do not work against it! This is scary to me because I actually FEAR vomiting (Emetophobia) [6]. Yup I’m a nausea coward! I need to work on that fear.

Before you go ballistic (because of your love affair with weed), telling me I’m crazy or spouting off some other stupid, knee-jerk reaction, such as some of my 4,900+ friends on Facebook have done, that is going to not only piss me off  again but get you banned (yes I booted and blocked many) …

Cannabis - cannabinoid hyperemenis syndromeDo your research and read the references at the bottom. I don’t care if you use weed or cannabis oil or even stick your head in  the oven …

This post is merely to make you aware that since weed has become legal in about 10 states in the USA, there is a problem due to legal organic farming methods that use Azadirachtin A as a first line of defense against bugs and such.

The smart thing to do may be grow your own weed and make your own cannabis oil, etc.





1) Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome – read here

2) Cannabinoid hyperemesis – read here

3) Marijuana use may cause severe cyclic nausea, vomiting, a little-known, but costly effect – read here

4) Azadirachtin A – read here

5) Azadirachtin – read here

6) How to Get Over It: Fear of Vomiting – read here


This article has 6 Comments

  1. I use marijuana to cope with the severe anxiety I’ve developed since my CP diagnosis at 27. It helps with nausea too, not so much pain. I use to dabble in edibles and THC oil pre-CP diagnosis, but have laid off oral consumption of the oils due to a fear of the fat content of the oil itself. Anyway, I’ve been diagnosed (incorrectly) with cyclic vomiting syndrome? Due to marijuana and that’s a load…. , i think the doc just heard me say marijuana and jumped the gun, i threw up once and it was during an attack that’s why i say its a load….you’re right growing you own is safest, but the benefits are worth the risks to me. Seeing as the alt is anxiety and depression meds, weed is the lesser of two evils. I really appreciate your website sir, thank you for creating it. Its been my go to, I appreciate feeling not hopeless reading your site 😊. Curious about your thoughts on the so-called Rick Simpson oil, and it’s cancer curing properties. TY for your time- Claudia

    1. Hi Claudia – I have nothing against weed or whether you use it. I know it seems to help many folks. The post was simply to caution folks about the poison and CHS. Anyway … I know absolutely nothing about Rick Simpson oil. I don’t even know what it is or where it comes from but I can certainly do some digging and find out. 🙂

      1. Unrelated, but still pancreas related
        I’m not getting much in the way of health care, is there anything I should or can be doing to avoid getting diabetes? Any advice is appreciated. Ty for your site!

        1. Hi eavingorr – I’ve never worried about getting diabetes BUT your question is valid and it’s a good question. One way is to avoid more pancreas damage. I’m GUESSING that another way is to avoid processed sugar. Another might be to make sure you are not overweight, especially in the belly area. Look up metabolic syndrome.

    1. Alison – THAT is a great question. I am guessing almost everything that is organically grown. From what I understand it is a popular pesticide BUT you can wash fruits and veggies where it is hard, probably impossible to wash weed without losing resin.

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