CBD for Anorexia: Could Cannabinoids Help Fight Anorexia Nervosa?

CBD and Anorexia: An Ongoing Battle of Dysmorphia

Scientists are studying CBD for anorexia.  Anorexia is a condition that causes an individual to eat minimally or not at all. This is generally caused by a poor body image or a conditions known as dysmorphia.  However, the the Mayo Clinic reports that patients with anorexia nervosa use control over food to manage intense feelings.  Unfortunately, anorexia is a psychiatric condition that quite often results in death.

When combined with other therapeutic agents, CBD for anorexia may work by promoting a more profound appetite.

Medical professionals from the Center for Eating Disorders and Department of Endocrinology at the Odense University Hospital in Odense, Denmark issued a plea for studies related to a therapeutic treatment of CBD for anorexia. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18926548)

In the literature they provided, they made a few key points. They noted that CBD has the potential to target critical molecular activity to induce healthy eating habits.  Furthermore, they mentioned the effects that CBD had on treating conditions related to both anxiety and depression.  Such as it is, patients suffering from anorexia nervosa are prone to bouts of both depression and anxiety.

Labs across the globe have conducted research on not only CBD for anxiety and depression, but CBD for bipolar disorder, as well.  Not to mention a variety of other psychiatric conditions.  With this in mind, it’s understandable for this team of caring professionals to have publicly requested research on CBD for anorexia.

Another team of professionals produced literature expressing the importance of testing CBD for anorexia.

A group of neuroscience and pharmacology professionals in Italy provided documentation related to the need for research on CBD for anorexia.  (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23829365)

In this documentation, authors noted the existing research supporting the endocannabinoid system’s involvement with modulating a variety of physiological and psychological functions.  Not only does CBD help to stimulate a healthy appetite, it also executes positive activity in the brain’s reward center.

The medical team highlighted these and other neurochemical and behavioral aspects of cannabinoids as a potential therapeutic agent for anorexia nervosa.

Oncologists in Berlin recognize the value of CBD in combating cancer-related anorexia and cachexia.

A team of oncologists in Berlin stated their intention to conduct research using CBD for anorexia.  They stated they will use CBD along with traditional THC therapy.  (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10575285)

They concluded that they believe there is compelling evidence to warrant research using the entire cannabis plant.  The effects of CBD are well-known.  However, there is still much to learn about the manner in which the endocannabinoid system works to treat conditions like anorexia that are historically the most difficult.

Scientists have not yet produced conclusive results related to CBD for anorexia.  However some institutions are actively taking steps to do just that.

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