PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICE MOON – GONE TO POT: Alice Moon loves cannabis, but had to break things off two years ago due to an unusual illness.
A peek into Alice Moon’s controversial cannabis advocacy in the face of rare illness
A few years ago, Alice Moon vomited on the regular, often at unexpected times, seemingly for no reason. Each time she responded by doing what many do: she smoked some weed, unknowingly adding insult to injury.
Moon had good reason to think the weed would help her. The science behind medical marijuana varies widely from malady to malady, but some of the most solid research indicates it can help relieve nausea. However, it didn’t help Moon, who works in the cannabis industry as a Los Angeles–based independent publicist.
Eventually, she learned the grim truth: Not only was pot not helping her, it was actually causing her nausea. Moon suffers from cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), a disease that was only discovered in 2004 and is still largely a mystery.
All anyone knows for sure about the disease is that a small, but imprecise, subset of pot users—particularly heavy users—suffers from it, and the cause seems to be cannabis use itself. Sufferers, like Moon, might endure nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal cramps.
Two years ago last week, Moon stopped using cannabis. She tried CBD-only products, which don’t contain THC, the component of the plant that gets you high. CBD is thought to be the source of many of the medicinal qualities exhibited by cannabis. But those products made her sick, too.
Published: September 30, 2020