According to the Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), a staggering 30 million people across the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. This statistic applies to all ages, race, and genders, although it is mostly seen in females.
The statistics surrounding anorexia from there do not get any better, and in fact, they are pretty horrifying, with eating disorders holding the highest mortality rates of any other mental illness, it stands to reason that people are now looking to potential alternative treatments for the disease.
CBD can help to treat the worst symptoms of anorexia without causing toxicity, or any other feelings of loss of control that can come with marijuana.
The researchers discovered that CB1 agonists – the scientific term to describe anything that helps trigger the receptor – possess orexigenic effects, which enhance appetite as well as increasing the actual rewarding value of food. It’s important to remember that a person suffering from anorexia doesn’t just not want to eat food, but they lose the positive association we have when we eat food that nourishes us.
When it comes down to it, both CBD and cannabis as a whole can be incredibly effective treatments for anorexia and other eating disorders. However, that being said there are many areas where CBD comes out on top, from psychoactive THC through to affordability and efficacy in the treatment of symptoms.
**THC while being used to combat many of the side effects of anorexia can have a detrimental impact on anxiety, if the individual is already suffering. While it can ease anxiety and depression, it can also make matters worse.**