Before we discuss how CBD can help in treating Anorexia, let us first understand what exactly Anorexia is. Anorexia nervosa is a medical condition, when a patient will purposely try to restrict their energy intake to prevent weight gain.
It is also a kind of mental disorder, as the patient will be obsessed with certain perceived flaws which does not exist at all.
People under this condition may have following few issues:
- Disturbed body image
- History of abuse
- Intense apprehension of gaining weight
- Social anxiety disorder
- Social isolation
Under this condition, though the sufferer may be underweight but he will see himself as overweight. Following are few signs and symptoms of Anorexia:
- Severe weight loss
- Poor wound healing
- Poor immune function
- Low blood pressure
- Liver damage
- Kidney failure
- Heart conditions
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Brittle nails
As you can see that this condition is certain kind of psychological disorder, the causes can be complex and may vary from person to person a lot. Some of the causes can be as follows:
- Family abuse
- Genetic factors
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
How CBD oil will help with Anorexia
A number of herbal supplements are available today, which can improve anorexia nervosa and they will try to increase the hormones involved with their hunger and satiety. One of the most important options can be cannabis.
Quite possibly, you must have observed among people who may be using marijuana that those people will try to eat a lot.
This is certainly not a myth as experts too found that certain cannabinoids present in cannabis plant can always increase your hunger and among them most significant one is THC.
However, the main problem with THC, which is one main cannabinoid is responsible for creating psychoactive effects and therefore in many countries, it has still not been legalized for consumption, which also includes many states of the USA too.
That is the reason most of the cbd sweets or any products of CBD oils sold on the market usually contain below 0.03% level of THC content.
However, CBD oil will be able to help in relieving the symptoms of this anorexia on number of ways.
- By improving mood
There is certain property in CBD that can enhance our mood which will be very useful in boosting up the sagging mood caused by Anorexia.
Though there are drugs and medications available for enhancing mood but they can also produce many side effects too.
- By boosting appetite
Often there is hormonal change due to anorexia which can reduce appetite of the sufferer however there is also another hormone called ghrelin which can stimulate hunger.
Cannabinoids in general and THC in particular can produce ghrelin hormone and make the person feel hungry.
- By relieving stress/anxiety
Another very important thing that CBD is able to do is getting rid of stress and anxiety by interacting with our internal endocannabinoids and therefore the sufferer of Anorexia can also benefit.
Many other studies are also going on to study the effects of CBD for Anorexia.