Can Medical Marijuana Be Used as an Anorexia Treatment?

The appetite-stimulating effects of marijuana are one of its most well-known characteristics. These properties mean that medical marijuana is often utilized to help treat chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS patients who are struggling with a lack of appetite, but can it be useful in treating anorexia? Let’s take a closer look. 

What is Anorexia?

If you’re unfamiliar with the condition, anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by body dysmorphia, obsession with body weight and image, and a self-imposed lack of eating resulting in extreme weight loss. This disorder may have psychological roots, but its physical effects can be devastating and ultimately life-threatening if not treated. 

Can Cannabis Help?

Suppose anorexia is an eating disorder that involves self-starvation, and cannabis is renowned for stimulating appetite. Is it possible that medical marijuana might be able to treat anorexia? It appears to add up logically, and the research tends to agree, but there has yet to be widespread mainstream acceptance of this form of anorexia treatment.

Of course, mainstream acceptance of anything related to medical marijuana is still uncommon.

However, a 2011 study of 16 bulimia nervosa patients and 14 anorexia nervosa patients found that cannabinoid-derived treatments could help them to correct endocannabinoid deficiencies prevalent in eating disorders.

Another study conducted in Copenhagen aimed at assessing medical marijuana as a treatment for anorexia found that a synthetic form of THC known as dronabinol helped patients gain an average of 1.6 lbs compared to patients who were given a placebo.

In short, there’s enough reason, and research, to believe that medical marijuana may in fact help with the treatment of anorexia, so if you feel comfortable trying it out, then it may just be able to help you.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

If you’re a resident of Florida and you’re interested in getting your medical marijuana card, contact Hakunah Matata Compassionate Care today to find out whether you qualify.