Medical marijuana has shown to be able to treat Anorexia by stimulating the body’s metabolism and increase the production of the hormone gherlin. Gherlin is responsible for giving us that hungry feeling thereby increasing our appetite. Cannabis can also jump start the endocannabinoid system that is responsible for signaling events such as eating or restricting. A study found that dronabinol a pill form of THC, helped patients suffering from anorexia gain around 1.6 pounds during a 4 week period. For a person struggling with anorexia, 1.6 pounds can be a significant difference. Medical marijuana has also been proven to have the ability to provide a relaxing feeling and change a person’s current state of mind when they start feeling self conscious due to anorexia.
Cannabidol (CBD) oil has the ability to affect both the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are found in the endocannabinoid system, leading to a reduction in the anxiety that leads people suffering with anorexia to induce vomit or abuse laxatives due to the fear of gaining weight from food consumption. Most importantly cannabis can make you love eating again by supplying the body with a dopamine surge. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects your movements, emotions and sensations of pleasure and pain. When you eat your body naturally releases dopamine to allow you to enjoy your food. When you add cannabis you intensify the positive feeling you get from eating food.
The National Eating Disorders Association estimates that around 30 million people in America suffer from an eating disorder. Anorexia is a disorder in which a person has difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight, with many also suffering from a distorted body image. It affects people of all demographics around the world and displays both psychological and physical symptoms. Anorexia is usually linked with mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and body dysmorphia, causing people to exercise compulsively or purge through vomiting or the use of laxatives for fear of gaining weight. Anorexia can be caused by many factors such as irregular hormones, nutritional deficiencies, family or childhood traumas and pressure from today’s culture that perceives a thin body as ideal.