Does Cannabis Help With Anorexia Nervosa?


Cannabis certainly isn’t a universal cure for eating disorders. Every person who struggles with an eating disorder has their own story, and smoking marijuana will affect them in different ways.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also essential for a lasting recovery. However, smoking weed has the power to help people get through the day, and can even radically change their levels of self-criticism. If it’s a factor in motivating people to let go of their anxieties and eat, there’s no shame in getting high to stay alive. source Science Explorer

The National Eating Disorder Association estimates there are about 30 million people in the United States living with an eating disorder, more than people with PTSD, schizophrenia, and depression combined.

Cannabis Science & Medical Research

2004 - Study ~ Association study of cannabinoid receptor gene (CNR1) alleles and anorexia nervosa: differences between restricting and binging/purging subtypes

2005 - Study ~ Blood levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide are increased in anorexia nervosa and in binge-eating disorder, but not in bulimia nervosa

2008 - Study ~ Lack of association of genetic variants in genes of the endocannabinoid system with anorexia nervosa

2008 - Study ~ Role of endocannabinoids and their analogues in obesity and eating disorders

2009 - Study ~ Elevated cannabinoid 1 receptor mRNA is linked to eating disorder related behavior and attitudes in females with eating disorders.

2009 - Study ~ Association of CNR1 and FAAH endocannabinoid gene polymorphisms with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa: evidence for synergistic effects

2009 - News ~ Medical Marijuana and Anorexia Nervosa

2010 - Study ~ Activity-based anorexia in C57/BL6 mice: effects of the phytocannabinoid, Delta9-
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the anandamide analogue, OMDM-2.

2010 - Study ~ Molecular mechanisms underlying anorexia nervosa: focus on human gene association studies and systems controlling food intake

2010 - Study ~ A nonsynonymous polymorphism in cannabinoid CB2 receptor gene is associated with eating disorders in humans and food intake is modified in mice by its ligands

2011 - Study - The Endocannabinoid System as Pharmacological Target Derived from Its CNS Role in Energy Homeostasis and Reward. Applications in Eating Disorders and Addiction

2011 - Study ~ The genetics of eating disorders

2011 - Study ~ Brain Type 1 Cannabinoid Receptor Availability in Patients with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa.

2011 - Study ~ Functional polymorphism in the GPR55 gene is associated with anorexia nervosa.

2011 - Study ~ The cannabinoid receptor agonist THC attenuates weight loss in a rodent model of activity-based anorexia.

2011 - Study ~ Fish oil promotes survival and protects against cognitive decline in severely undernourished mice by normalizing satiety signals.

2011 - News ~ Do Deficits in Brain Cannabinoids Contribute to Eating Disorders?

2011 - News ~ Scientists Link Malfunctions in the Endocannabinoid System to Bulimia and Anorexia

2012 - Study ~ The cannabinoid receptor agonist THC attenuates weight loss in a rodent model of activity-based anorexia.

2012 - Study ~ Lower levels of cannabinoid 1 receptor mRNA in female eating disorder patients: Association with wrist cutting as impulsive self-injurious behavior.

2012 - Study ~ The role of the endocannabinoid system in eating disorders: pharmacological

2012 - Study ~ The therapeutic potential of cannabis and cannabinoids.

2012 - News ~ Do deficits in brain cannabinoids contribute to eating disorders?

2013 - Study - Brain Molecules and Appetite: The Case of Oleoylethanolamide

2013 - Study ~ The Role of the Endocannabinoid System in Eating Disorders: Neurochemical and Behavioural Preclinical Evidence.

2013 - Study ~ Small animal PET imaging of the type 1 cannabinoid receptor in a rodent model for anorexia nervosa.

2013 - Study ~ The endocannabinoid system and its possible role in neurobiology of psychiatric disorders

2014 - Study ~ Dronabinol in severe, enduring anorexia nervosa: A randomized controlled trial

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