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Medical Marijuana and Anorexia Nervosa

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

A mental disorder manifested by extreme fear of becoming obese and an aversion to food, usually occurring in young women and often resulting in life-threatening weight loss, accompanied by a disturbance in body image, hyperactivity, and amenorrhea. Physical symptoms include a low body weight, constipation, thinning hair, dry skin, brittle nails, stopping or never getting a monthly menstrual period, low body temperature, low blood pressure and a slow heartbeat.

Medical Marijuana and Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a serious psychological eating disorder with the highest mortality rates of any psychological disorder. According to Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc., without treatment, up to 20% of people with anorexia nervosa die.  Anorexia nervosa is commonly referred to as anorexia. (Click here for information on the side effect of anorexia).

Most of the medical complications of anorexia nervosa result from starvation, which causes the progressive deterioration of many organs. Anorexia can take a serious toll on the heart and circulatory system, the gastrointestinal tract, and the endocrine system, the kidneys and the bones. 

Treating anorexia nervosa involves many components, one of which is restoring the person to a healthy weight, and medical marijuana can help by increasing the patient’s appetite. Increased appetite is considered to be one of the few marijuana side effects, but it can actually be extremely beneficial to patients suffering from anorexia.  Other marijuana side effects are typically mild and are classified as "low risk," with euphoric mood changes among the most frequent side effects. Research and anecdotal evidence has shown that using medical marijuana is an effective way for patients to increase their appetites. The National Cancer Institute is currently evaluating the effects of THC for treatment-related and cancer-related anorexia.

If you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia nervosa, can help. Many marijuana states include anorexia on their list of qualifying conditions and can connect you with a quality marijuana doctor to ensure you are in compliance with your state’s laws. Book an appointment today and let us help improve your quality of life!



This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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