Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… BULIMIA?

Definition of bulimia.

There is a common misconception about bulimia stating that it's an eating disorder pressing one to consume large amounts of food. While generally a person with bulimia may appear as one who is abnormally fond of eating, the stereotype isn't quite true. The main problem for the one affected with bulimia is not consuming the food, but purging oneself off the food consumed.

Bulimia nervosa, as may be understood from its Latin denomination, is primarily a mental condition. It generally develops from stress, depression, poor self-esteem, and, as resent research shows, genetics in some cases. Abnormal desire of satiety, combined with fear of gaining weight forces the affected person to rid him- or herself of all nutrients taken. Typically, it is achieved by vomiting, and thus developing a chronic vomiting reflex after having a meal. Other methods include taking a laxative, diuretic, stimulant, and/or excessive exercise. These dangerous, habit-forming practices occur while the sufferer is trying to keep their weight under a self-imposed threshold. It can lead to potassium loss and health deterioration, with depressive symptoms that are often severe and lead to a high risk of suicide.

How can medical marijuana help?

Stress and fear are known to be the main psychological drivers of bulimia. While battling physical symptoms, many face the fact that emotional symptoms continue to persist. One of the key positive effects that medical marijuana can provide is the sedative effect. Unlike classic tranquilizers though, such as barbiturates or benzodiazepines, medical marijuana causes a person to become less motivated, but not less purposeful, and is less risky to cause physical addiction. Its ability to act as both anti-depressant and sedative can treat emotional symptoms of bulimia, and may be prescribed along with medications that treat physical symptoms.

Another physical symptom of bulimia nervosa is increased exercise. While not being necessarily a bad thing by itself, individuals with bulimia often force themselves with more exercise than their bodies can handle. A right dose of medical marijuana can keep a person from taking excessive physical loads, while leaving the option of reasonable amount of fitness possible.

Medical marijuana is not likely to work as a sole treatment for all bulimia symptoms. However, under doctor's supervision, and combined with right diet and food additives, medical marijuana is reported to relieve most of the symptoms, while not exposing the body to other, more risky methods of treatment.

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