People who suffer from anorexia nervosa usually restrict their caloric intake as a result of an intense and compulsive fear of gaining weight or seeming overweight.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that presents a variety of physical and mental symptoms. Some of the physical symptoms of anorexia are:
Some of the mental or emotional symptoms of anorexia nervosa are:
Although Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological condition, its treatment is usually conducted by a team of healthcare professionals across a variety of disciplines. In severe cases, patients may require the insertion of a feeding tube, which can be traumatic and invasive.
Cannabis’ interaction with the endocannabinoid system - which regulates mood and appetite, presents a less invasive solution to a reduced appetite. Studies on cannabis’ effectiveness on appetite stimulation have produced positive results in conjunction with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Anorexia nervosa also often presents with accompanying psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression, both of which can also feature medicinal cannabis as a part of a broader treatment plan. For anorexia nervosa, a CBD isolate is recommended but it’s important to consult a healthcare professional for the most appropriate treatment.
If you or a loved one are suffering from anorexia nervosa and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.