Massachusetts Medical Society: Module 6 - Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Module 6 - Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Created by Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD and Stephen B. Corn, MD

Editors' Note: Medical marijuana has become an important area of study in healthcare. Doctors and healthcare professionals must understand the medical, legal, and social issues to best respond to their patients' questions and attend to their needs. This content area is not intended to encourage or dissuade the use of medical marijuana, but has been created to provide a balanced portrayal of the research in this area.

As the rates of cannabis use increase, so will the incidence of side effects. This course focuses on cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, an uncommon side effect of long-term cannabis use. At the start of this section, we offer a clinical presentation of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and then we discuss the diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology and the natural course of this syndrome. At the conclusion, therapeutic options are mentioned.

Learning Objectives

 After reading this material, a participant will be able to:

  • Recognize cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • Able to describe the clinical presentation of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • List the diagnostic criteria for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome
  • Contrast cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome with cyclical vomiting syndrome
  • List the actions that lead to a remission of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and apply this information to clinical practice


Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD 

Stephen B. Corn, MD 
Founding Editor-in-Chief,

Alan Ehrlich, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (UMMS)

Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD   
Editor-in-Chief of

Thomas Lee 
Master of Health Administration, Florida

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $15.00
Non-MMS Member: $27.50
Allied Health Professionals: $12.00


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CME Credit

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  

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AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim 1.25 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

Continuing Education Credit for Pharmacists
The Board of Registration in Pharmacy in Massachusetts, (BOARD), accepts three continuing education types:  ACPE,  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , and continuing education activities approved by any State Board of Pharmacy. Click here for a list of all state Boards of Pharmacy.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  

Activity Term

Original Release Date: June 15, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: June 15, 2020

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Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including: 
Firefox 18.0+ 
Chrome 26+ 
Safari 5+ 
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) 
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported




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