What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia Nervosa (often called anorexia) is a psychological and possibly life-threatening eating disorder. Defined by an extremely low body weight relative to height and weight, extreme and needless weight loss, illogical fear of weight gain, and distorted perception of self-image and body.
Additionally, people who suffer seem to derive self-worth by body weight. Anorexia Nervosa is interchangeable with the term anorexia, which refers to self-starvation and lack of appetite.
Is It Possible To Use Medical Cannabis For Anorexia
Their are a lot of studies on using marijuana as an appetite stimulant in patients with AIDS or doing chemo. In light of this information not a lot of research has gone into medical marijuana for anorexia. However a 2011 Belgian study suggested a possible connection. The study suggested that people who suffer from eating disorders also suffer from imbalances in the endocannabinoid system. This seems to suggest the possibility of targeting this system to bring relief to patients.
Using medical marijuana to stimulate the appetite of a patient would be a lot less traumatizing than a feeding tube. Providing the required amount of calories in patients can be problematic. Achieving this without feeding tubes would be beneficial to both the emotional and physical health of the patient.
In addition to the benefits of an appetite inducer, using marijuana for anorexia's problematic mental illness factor is a possibility. Medical cannabis can help relax the patient. Relaxed patients are much more likely to discuss their feelings about their weight and unhealthy views. This can induce breakthroughs by allowing discussion and more openness towards ideas.
In conclusion if you or someone you know suffers from anorexia, it is no joke. This is a life threatening disease and you should seek help. If that help involves medical marijuana that is a personnel choice and it can provide help to patients who seek it.