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That being said, medical cannabis might be a helpful tool for some people in conjunction with therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). There are three primary strains of cannabis: sativa, indica, and hybrids.

Another challenge is that individuals with anorexia are empowered by resisting the temptation of eating. Therefore, the appetite-stimulating properties of cannabis can’t necessarily overcome the neurobiological issues that are also intimately involved with their eating disorder.

Budding New Considerations about the Use of Cannabis in Eating Disorder Treatment

Substance abuse of course, is a big concern. In Denver, between 7 and 9% of our eating disorder patients who use cannabis show signs of substance dependency. With 364 legal dispensaries in Denver and 1,021 in Colorado, we can clearly expect that up 50% of our eating disorder patients are using. Moreover, testing an individual’s level of intoxication has proven to be a challenge due to the length of time THC takes to clear the body.

One EDCare patient reported that medical cannabis helped slow down her mind, allowing her to observe her irrational thoughts surrounding food. Food began to taste better making her mealtimes an enjoyable experience.

Eating disorders are complex psychopathologies, which present clinical challenges for many reasons. A major one is that eating disorders often co-occur with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This includes cannabis abuse, which can begin before, concurrently with, or after the onset of an eating disorder. Given this, EDCare uses an integrative model in treating the SUD, along with other eating disorders symptoms such as anxiety, OCD, and depression.

Eating disorders revolve around the reward system, which is why CBD can be so effective in treatment. Cannabidiol has access to your endocannabinoid system which regulates your body. By preventing overstimulation in your reward system, you can help retrain your brain towards healthier eating habits.

Endocannabinoids don’t go from sending cell to receiving cell like most chemicals in the brain. Instead, they travel from the receiving cell to the sending cell to give information. When your brain needs information passed between neurons, it will send neurotransmitters through the synapse from presynaptic cell to postsynaptic cell. If too much or too little information is being sent over, the endocannabinoids come across with their own transmission telling the presynaptic cell to either pump the breaks or pump up the volume.


There are healthy foods that you can try to eat that also give you this dopamine release like protein and raw vegetables, but it can be challenging to fight the cravings when your brain is telling you what it wants. You don’t have to have depression to fall victim to binge eating; you can have a chemical imbalance or a brain injury that can cause you to crave that intense pleasure that the reward system brings. Fighting off a biochemical craving is hard, just ask the people trying to get off of opiates. Many people are turning to CBD because it helps that craving go away so they can retrain themselves to be healthier.

Those who suffer from depression are incredibly vulnerable to over activating their reward system because most of them feel so terrible all of the time. This could be drug use, extremely sexual lifestyle, and binge eating.

Positive reinforcement is what keeps us alive, but it can also be our downfall. When you eat food, your reward system lights up with chemicals like dopamine to make you feel pleasure. The only problem with this method of keeping you alive is that this positive reinforcement can become addictive for many people. This is the same process that goes along with drug addiction, and binge eating can be just as dangerous.

Orthorexia is on the rise and, while it isn’t an ‘official’ eating disorder, it can be a serious threat to a person’s health. In short terms, orthorexia is the obsession with healthy eating, to the point of an individual damaging their wellbeing. For example, compulsively checking nutritional labels and/ or engaging with damaging diets, such as the raw food diet (which has, since its conception, been proven to be extremely low in calories and nutritional value), obsessing over nutrition and health and, in general, spending excessive portions of the day talking about ‘healthy foods’, what they will eat for their next meal, and feeling nervous or anxious if what is ‘healthy’ isn’t included on the menu. Orthorexia has been shown in close connection with obsessive-compulsive disorder and can accompany the development of anorexia or bulimia.

Common signs to notice in an individual with bulimia:

Science and research journals have attempted to look into why ARFID might develop in an individual- oftentimes, when it comes to any eating disorder, there isn’t ever a solid reason. Research has shown that those on the autistic spectrum, those with ADHD and those with intellectual disabilities, children who don’t outgrow their picky eating and those who suffer from pre-existing anxiety disorder might be at a higher risk of developing ARFID. However, studies have attempted to find some way to identify ARFID in school-aged children: a questionnaire, known as the Eating Disturbances in Youth-Questionnaire (EDY-Q), manifested a four-factor structure which pretty much concludes what factors are written above. It succinctly determines that ARFID is, most often, due to: emotional food avoidance, weight problems, selective eating and restrictive eating due to fear of consequence. However, since ARFID is an ‘umbrella term’ for a much wider, this questionnaire, alone, cannot encompass the condition in the way it deserves.

Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

BED is often a condition that is mocked, undermined or considered a moral failing of some sort, with reports showing that less than half of individuals with BED have sought treatment for it. Thankfully, over the years, BED has become a lot more recognised, making treatment more accessible for those who need it. BED is the most common eating disorder in the west.

Despite the three most common eating disorders being more heard of in popular culture, there are actually 5 subsections.

This type of eating disorder is characterised by drastic weight loss and body image issues. However, a person doesn’t need to be of a certain weight to be diagnosed with anorexia. Since anorexia is a condition specified by ‘body image’, an individual who is compulsively thinking about their body weight, body shape or how they look might also be suffering from anorexia. It is because of the misheld belief that individuals who have anorexia are overly thin that anorexia has been commonly underdiagnosed in those of a larger body type.

The diagnostic criteria for those who have ARFID: