Each week we examine how medical marijuana can help various medical conditions, and this week we’re looking at anorexia.
What is anorexia?
Anorexia (known medically as anorexia nervosa), is a psychological eating disorder that is characterized by significantly reduced appetites, diets and aversions to eating. Patients have a distorted body image and the fear or being obese results in deliberate attempts to lose weight. It can be potentially life-threatening in some cases.
How can medical marijuana help?
A recent study confirmed that THC helps anorexia patients gain weight and support an increased appetite.
Weight records collected up to one year after the end of the trial showed that the participants continued to improve their nutritional status without developing addiction or withdrawal symptoms, suggesting that dronabinol was safe in these patients with longstanding AN [anorexia nervosa].
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