Scientific Research into Medicinal Cannabis – Anorexia
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with activities in their lives.
To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia usually severely restrict the amount of food they eat. They may control calorie intake by vomiting after eating or by misusing laxatives, diet aids, diuretics or enemas. They may also try to lose weight by exercising excessively.
We have listed the latest scientific research into medicinal cannabis and it’s potential uses treating Anorexia & other eating disorders.
- The role of the endocannabinoid system in eating disorders: Neurochemical and behavioral preclinical evidence
- Cancer cachexia and cannabinoids
- Leptin, ghrelin, and endocannabinoids: Potential therapeutic targets in anorexia nervosa
How can medicinal cannabis help Anorexia?
The scientific research, anecdotal evidence, and the fact the endocannabinoid system — the body’s own cannabinoid system — exerts such a powerful influence on appetite, cannabis as an anorexia treatment is highly plausible.
A 2011 Belgian study suggests that because dysfunctional regulation and underlying imbalances within the endocannabinoid system are prominent across eating disorders, developing cannabinoid-derived treatments (targeting the endocannabinoid system) could prove therapeutically valuable.
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