Can You Use Cannabis To Treat Anorexia?

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug from Cannabis plant such as Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa. Its most popular term is Marijuana, but it is also known from other parts of the world as Ganja, grass, Hashish, Hemp, Indian hemp, marijuana, Pot, reefer, and weed. The major psychoactive component found in Cannabis is the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is also the cause of the plants toxicity.

However, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) doesn’t naturally occur in the plant, it can only be converted from Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) through oxygen exposure such as burning or heating. Thus, the feeling of getting “high” when smoking or vaporizing Cannabis.

Despite the undesirable side effects of THC, many researches are still done to determine the health benefits of medical marijuana. Especially now that many states in America have passed laws, in state level, to regulate the use of medical marijuana. Among other potential medical uses of Cannabis, it is also believed to promote eating disorder recovery such as anorexia.

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia or anorexia nervosa is a form of eating disorder wherein the person has the obsession of losing weight which may result to the person’s self-starvation. Aside from the physical effects caused by anorexia, it is also considered as a mental illness because of the unhealthy obsession of the person to lose weight or the extreme fear of gaining weight.

The symptoms of anorexia are hard to notice since not all people with anorexia are really thin.  But the following signs may be seen in individuals with anorexia.

Physical Symptoms:

  1. Extreme weight loss
  2. Abnormal blood counts
  3. Fatigue
  4. Dizziness
  5. Insomnia
  6. Low blood pressure
  7. Irregular heartbeat
  8. Intolerance of cold
  9. Dehydration
  10. Thinning of hair and bluish discoloration of the fingers

Behavioral Symptoms:

  1. Obsessive fasting
  2. Self-induced vomiting or unhealthy use of laxatives and other diet products to get rid of the food eaten.
  3. Frequent skipping meals
  4. Extreme fear of gaining weight
  5. Always complaining of getting fat
  6. Irritability
  7. Unsociability

How Cannabis May Possibly Treat Anorexia?

Sadly, there are not many medications to treat anorexia. However, in states where the use of medical marijuana is legalized, the use of Cannabis in the form of CBD oil is one of the widely used traditional options to combat anorexia.

Cannabis is known to be an appetite stimulant, which makes it a very good choice to restore the suppressed appetite of individuals with anorexia. While THC is more effective in managing the symptoms of anorexia, it may also cause toxicity which may lead to an undesirable effect. But, since CBD oil does not cause any “high”, this makes it the best option in treating anorexia.

Unfortunately, CBD oil can be really expensive especially when bought from the black market. Luckily, people living in states where Cannabis is legal, you can now start growing your own Cannabis to treat anorexia and other illnesses.

You can Google search how to grow Cannabis at your own backyard. Or contact us for a thorough guide on how beginners can grow their own Cannabis.