Healthcare providers often prescribe medical marijuana to patients who lack appetite due to diseases like cancer and HIV. However, very few states recognize anorexia nervosa as a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card. There are multiple reasons using medical marijuana for anorexia treatment makes sense based simply on a basic knowledge of cannabis.
Because it involves both mental and physical aspects, anorexia recovery requires complicated and detailed treatment plans. Patients suffering from anorexia nervosa are often prescribed multiple pills for the psychological causes and physical aspects of the disease.
Medical marijuana can treat both sides of the eating disorder in one hit. Marijuana stimulates the body’s metabolism, which causes users to experience an increased appetite that may have been missing for a long time. Patients often lack food cravings that marijuana can signal.
While anorexia patients receive counseling and pills for their psychological struggles, doctors are left with few options to treat the actual lack of nutrition. Often, patients are forced to use feeding tubes which give them nutrients but can have a traumatic emotional effect. Medical marijuana for anorexia can help the patient consume food without force.
Not only does marijuana stimulate the appetite but it can also relieve mental tension like anxiety. While the patient begins craving food, he or she also feels relief from the obsession with calories and body image they live with every day. This can allow them to actually give in to the cravings.
Another stumbling block on the road to anxiety recovery is a reluctance to recover. Patients often find it hard to want to participate in the recovery process. They can be guarded, uncooperative, and afraid. Marijuana works to relax and open their mind to new thoughts and feelings that work as a catalyst for recovery.
Although patients have had success using medical marijuana for anorexia, there are some possible drawbacks. The most common side effect of anorexia is a weakened heart. Certain marijuana strains can induce an increased heart rate that may be too much for the heart of a patient to handle. It is important to start with a very low dosage and increase it slowly as the patient feels ready.
It is also widely agreed upon that medical marijuana doesn’t offer any lasting benefit to anorexia patients. They can feel peaceful and hungry while smoking, but then go back to their natural thoughts and habits when they are sober. That can also be exacerbated if they feel guilt or anxiety over the things they ate while high.
Although it isn’t for everyone, patients working toward anorexia recovery have reported that even though it isn’t a permanent solution, marijuana gives them the hope that recovery is possible.
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