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Marijuana killed my son: Mother reveals how son’s four-year addiction to cannabis led to massive weight loss, organ failure and death at 17 – as increase in drug’s potency sees rise in similar cases

  • Brian Smith Jr. suffered from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) and died at the age of 17 
  • CHS can arise in response to long-term cannabis use
  • Brian’s mother, Regina Denney, said her son started smoking at the age of 13 
  • The syndromes of CHS consists of vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain, which can often be alleviated by taking hot showers
  • Doctors say CHS is on the rise, but they are not certain why besides strains becoming more potent
  • Deaths from CHS are rare, doctors say 
  • A study 2.75 million regular cannabis users may suffer from symptoms of CHS, though many of them may be mild 

A 17-year-old died in Indiana after suffering complications from prolonged use of marijuana as doctors say they’ve seen increase in ailments associated with using more potent strains of the drug.

Brian Smith Jr. died in October 2018 from dehydration as a result of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), according to a March autopsy report.

Brian had first gone to the hospital with his mother Regina Denney to complain about severe vomiting and abdominal pain. ad


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