CBD for Eating Disorder – May 2022
Eating disorders are severe conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact health, emotions, and the ability to function in critical areas of life.
Three of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa.
Most eating disorders involve too much focus on weight, body shape, and food, leading to dangerous eating behaviors. These behaviors can significantly impact the body’s ability to obtain appropriate nutrition.
Eating disorders can damage the heart, digestive system, bones, and teeth and mouth, and lead to other diseases (1 ) .
Anxiety , depression , and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are just a few additional mental health diagnoses that frequently co-occur with eating disorders.
A study of more than 2,400 individuals hospitalized for an eating disorder found that 94% of the participants had a coexisting mood disorder (2 ) .
According to The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), recent research has found that 32-39% of individuals with anorexia, 33% of those with BED, and 36-50% of those with bulimia also have depression.
Moreover, 48-51% of individuals with anorexia and 55-65% of those with BED are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. As much as 81% of those with bulimia also have an anxiety disorder (3 ) .
How CBD Can Help With Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by weight loss, difficulty maintaining appropriate body weight, and a distorted body image (4 ) .
In anorexia’s cycle of self-starvation, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally, resulting in serious medical consequences.
CBD may help improve mood associated with anorexia by reducing anxiety. Published in CNS and Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets, a study showed that CBD had therapeutic uses as an anti-anxiety-like and antidepressant-like compound (5 ) .
Researchers of a 2018 study published in the Frontiers in Immunology Journal , also obtained similar results, demonstrating CBD as a potential remedy to depression (6 ) .
Findings in a study support theories that brain networks regulating appetite are disrupted by chronic anxiety or stress in a manner that could promote eating disorders or obesity (7 ) .
Thus, reducing stress levels may help improve mood and encourage healthy eating.
How CBD Can Help With Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a severe, life-threatening, and treatable eating disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of consuming large quantities of food too fast and to the point of discomfort.
BED also brings about a feeling of a loss of control during the binge. Two out of three individuals with BED are labeled clinically obese (8 ) .
Individuals with BED often eat alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much they are eating. Then, they feel disgusted with themselves, depressed, or very guilty afterward.
CBD may help reduce cravings by regulating the body’s reward system so that the cravings are not that severe (9 ) .
CBD, through the actions of the endocannabinoid system, also impacts hormones that regulate appetite.
In a 2008 study , which was published in the PLOS One Journal , researchers investigated the interaction between ghrelin and the cannabinoid systems on the mechanisms underlying appetite regulation (10 ) .
The researchers found that CBD blocks a receptor in the brain of mice so that the neurotransmitter ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite, is unable to act.
They also found that the effects of ghrelin require an increased release of endocannabinoids to stimulate the appetite.
A 2001 animal study published in Nature Journal has shown that CBD could increase the levels of leptin in the brain (11 ) .
Leptin is the hormone that makes an individual feel full or satiated. Taking CBD at the end of an eating period may help curb cravings.
A 2016 study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Biotechnology at Daegu University in Korea, found that CBD might have some impact on turning white fat to brown fat, a process called ‘fat browning’ that purportedly promotes a healthier metabolism (12 ) .
As the ECS also plays a vital role in insulin regulation, the added boost from CBD might support this action.
When insulin transports glucose to the cells, the mitochondria (the cells’ energy factories) transform it into energy. However, when insulin resistance sets in, the mitochondria experience dysfunction.
In 2016, through a lab study that examined the impact of CBD on the metabolic function of fat cells, researchers noted an improvement in mitochondrial function with the application of CBD (13 ) .
According to the researchers, CBD may be explored as a potentially promising therapeutic agent for the prevention of obesity.
How CBD Can Help With Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia nervosa is a severe and potentially life-threatening eating disorder that involves a cycle of bingeing and purging behaviors, like self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating (14 ) .
In the same way that CBD may help those with BED, CBD may help individuals with bulimia not to binge.
Individuals with BED always worry or complain about being fat as they have a distorted, excessively negative body image of themselves.
CBD may help individuals with bulimia improve their mood by reducing their anxiety levels. Less worrying may encourage them to eat healthily.
The human body is usually resilient at coping with the stress of eating disorders. Laboratory tests can appear perfect even as someone is at high risk of death.
CBD has been shown to help with eating disorders by reducing anxiety and depression and through its impact on the hormones that regulate mood and appetite.
However, studies on CBD and eating disorders are limited, and the long-term effects of CBD remain unknown.
Cannabis for Eating Disorders
Can medical marijuana help people with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia? Cannabis is often used to increase appetite in people suffering from conditions such as cancer or AIDS/HIV. The idea of using cannabis for those with eating disorders is not exactly new, and in many ways the logic is entirely sound. However, eating disorders have several key differences to wasting developing from other chronic illnesses, meaning that treating them requires slightly different approaches.
Using cannabis for eating disorders is a subject we have written about before here at Leafwell. Today we’ll learn all about the potential of cannabis as a medication for a variety of eating disorders.
What is an eating disorder?
One of the key defining symptoms of an eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude towards food and eating either too much or too little. Other symptoms include an unhealthy obsession with weight and body shape, over-exercising, obsessive dieting, binge-eating (sometimes followed by intentional vomiting, or “purging”), extreme dissatisfaction with one’s own appearance (Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD) depression, anxiety and extreme feelings of guilt, regret and/or worthlessness.
In some instances, an eating disorder may lead to “refeeding syndrome”, which is when malnourished or starved people take in food too quickly after a fasting period and develop electrolyte disorders. This leads to further pulmonary, cardiac, neuromuscular and blood complications. Refeeding syndrome can be potentially fatal. Other long-term complications include increased likelihood of stress fractures and Raynaud syndrome.
There are various types of eating disorders, including:
- Anorexia nervosa – keeping your weight as low as possible by purposefully not eating enough food, exercising too much or both.
- Binge eating disorder (BED) – losing control of your eating and eating too much at once, until you are uncomfortably full. Often followed by feelings of guilt and regret.
- Bulimia – Binge eating in a small amount of time, then deliberately feeling sick, using laxatives or exercising too much in order to prevent weight gain.
- Obesity – While not always considered an “eating disorder”, obesity does follow many of the same patterns as other eating disorders, including binge eating and an unhealthy relationship with food. Indeed, it is not unheard of for a person to swing between anorexia and obesity.
- Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) – an eating disorder that doesn’t necessarily match all the symptoms of one of the above, and/or has “mixed” symptoms from one or more of the above. OSFED can include atypical anorexia, avoidant/restrictive food intake beyond that of “picky eating”, night eating syndrome, anorexia athletica and eating disorders related to type-I diabetes (e.g. deliberate insulin under use in order to prevent weight gain).
Some statistics on Eating Disorders
Deaths from Eating disorders in 2012 per million persons. Statistics from WHO. Data from World Health Organization Estimated Deaths 2012 Vector map from BlankMap-World6, compact.svg by Canuckguy et al. Source
Eating disorders affect approximately 30 million people in the US. They have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and are often comorbid with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and substance misuse disorders (especially alcohol).
Eating disorders affect a wide variety of people. Women aged 50 or over, girls aged between 13 – 17 and women in high-pressured environments such as athletics are the highest risk groups for anorexia and bulimia. Restrictive eating is more likely to be found in boys and men. A 2015-2016 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 39.6% of US adults age 20 and older were obese as of 2015-2016 (37.9% for men and 41.1% for women). Other risk factors include:
to under- and overfeeding of the fetus during pregnancy. Maternal obesity and malnutrition play a huge role in the development of eating disorders among offspring.
- Adiposity rebound – the “adiposity rebound” refers to the age when the second rise in body-mass index (BMI) occurs, which is between 3 – 7 years old. An early age adiposity rebound is correlated with obesity in later life.
- Early life malnutrition and/or lack of breastfeeding – early nutrient deprivation can lead to a change in the body’s metabolism, leading to fat storage. This can make people vulnerable to obesity as adolescents and adults. Those who are not breastfed may suffer from stunted growth or grow too fast, leading to an earlier-onset adipose rebound. This is one reason why malnutrition, a lack of access to food and obesity are often linked and found together in impoverished parts of the world.
- Steroid-based medications such as prednisone can lead to weight-gain.
What is Cachexia?
While cachexia (which means, “weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic illness”) is often associated with conditions such as anorexia, a person who is suffering from cachexia is not necessarily suffering from an eating disorder. Cachexia can be caused by many illnesses and conditions, as well as treatments and medications. Many of those with cachexia may well have a perfectly fine relationship with food, but are unfortunate enough to suffer from a condition that causes them to lose weight and muscle.
Those in highly competitive environments such as sports and athletics, where extreme fastidiousness is practiced with regards to diet and exercise, eating disorders are not uncommon. Many athletes also need a high intake of calories, meaning they need to learn portion control when training slows down or ceases. Athletes of all types can potentially suffer from eating disorders.
Even boxers and wrestlers, who are considered some of the strongest athletes in the world, often dehydrate, starve and over-exert themselves in order to make weight, which can lead to all sorts of health problems. Gymnasts, dancers, figure skaters, weightlifters, bodybuilders, synchronized swimmers, and endurance runners are other examples of athletes who may suffer from eating disorders due to the emphasis on weight and appearance.
How Does Cannabis Help Eating Disorders?
When it comes to using cannabis for conditions such as anorexia, people see the logic quite easily. However, when it comes to obesity (as well as diabetes), people find the concept of using cannabinoid-based medications to help treat it unusual. Yet, regular use of cannabis is actually linked to lower BMI, even when controlling for diet, exercise and alcohol consumption. While these studies do not prove for sure that cannabis use can help people maintain a healthy weight, there are several sound theories as to why cannabinoids may be used to help maintain a healthy appetite for both over- and under- eaters. These include:
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a role in regulating appetite. Cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) stimulate appetite and food intake.
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- There is some suggestion that those who suffer from eating disorders have a disruption and/or dysregulation in the production of the hormones leptin (which can regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger) and ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”, which stimulates appetite).
- Cannabis use in HIV-infected men leads to an increase in plasma levels of ghrelin and leptin. THC in particular seems to have this effect.
Repeated exposure to THC may initially stimulate appetite, but use over the long-term could dampen CB1 receptor sensitivity, thus dampening hunger signals.
Some suggest that cannabis “supercharges” the body’s metabolism, meaning that fat is burnt off faster and levels of fasting insulin are lower. The body may be more sensitive to the effects of sugar while using cannabinoids, meaning that the brain sends signals to stop eating sooner than it usually would. So, while cannabis users may get the “munchies”, they may also have a tendency to stop eating sooner and only until they are full, rather than over-full.
There is much interest in the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) for obesity and diabetes. THCV is a CB1 receptor antagonist, meaning that it has the opposite effect as THC when in low doses (THCV is a CB1 receptor agonist in high doses) and curbs hunger. In studies on mice, researchers found that THCV did not significantly affect food intake or body weight gain. THCV did, however, reduce glucose intolerance and improve insulin sensitivity. Such studies could offer hope to diabetics, but research on humans is necessary before making any assertions.
Cannabidiol (CBD) can also help control blood-sugar levels and reduce the production of fat while also reducing inflammation caused by insulin resistance.
Cannabis can potentially help with the depression and anxiety often associated with eating disorders. In turn, this may lead to an easier, less stressful relationship with food.
Are There Any Potential Negatives with Using Cannabinoids for Eating Disorders?
While cannabis can help improve the mood for many, for some using too much THC may lead to increased anxiety or paranoia. Also, if a person has been starving themselves for too long, care must be taken not to binge on food, lest refeeding syndrome occurs. Some may also be attracted to the idea that cannabis can help lose weight, which is beneficial for some but not necessarily others. Therefore, care must be taken to prevent misuse.
Those suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia may be interested in low doses of THC and CBD, whereas those who are obese (or just plain overweight) may look into a combination of low doses of THC and THCV, combined with CBD. However, this is only theoretical, and has not been tested clinically. As there are few effective medications for eating disorders, cannabinoids represent an extremely promising avenue to look at as a potential therapeutic target.
There has been a look into other cannabis-based treatments for obesity in the past, namely Rimonabant. However, Rimonabant was not approved for usage due to its psychiatric side effects. Rimonabant has also been reported to cause partial seizures in those who suffer from epilepsy. It must also be noted that Rimonabant is a synthetic cannabinoid. We here at Leafwell have looked at the pros and cons of synthetic cannabinoids before, and as such we recommend being highly cautious of using them.
Remember: the endocannabinoid system is very powerful, and our efforts to replicate the safety margins of phytocannabinoids have generally not been successful so far. In short, the natural form of the cannabis plant is probably best for eating disorders and other conditions.
If you are suffering from an eating disorder and think you may be helped by cannabinoid-based medications, feel free to check out our medical card page and set up an appointment with one of our physicians.
Cannabis and CBD for eating disorders
Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that affect millions of people around the world. Could using cannabis or CBD for eating disorders help?
People with these conditions often struggle to maintain a healthy body weight, or may suffer from an intense fear of weight gain. These disorders can have devastating effects on physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as relationships with friends and family members.
In this blog post Curakind looks at how CBD can be used to combat these symptoms while also improving mood and overall quality of life.
What are CBD and cannabis?
The word cannabis is used to refer to the plant Cannabis Sativa. This plant contains over 500 active ingredients called terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids.
CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids of cannabis, alongside its notorious sister THC (delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol).
It is important to note, however, that unlike THC, CBD does not make you high.
The most common eating disorders:
Anorexia nervosa, also called anorexia, is one of the gravest eating disorders and is characterised by extreme weight loss, or lack of appropriate weight gain in children. Ita is most common amongst teenage girls and women in general, though it can strike any age and sex.
People suffering from anorexia have an extreme fear of gaining weight and restrict their calorie intake and the types of food they eat. They may also have a distorted body image where they believe they are overweight, when they may be dangerously underweight and malnourished.
Some people blame media pressure and our obsession with social media for the issue, but there is evidence of anorexia going back thousands of years.
People with anorexia often have underlying issues such as:
- Intense fear of gaining weight
- Disturbed body image (body dysmorphia)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- History of abuse
- Social isolation
Symptoms of anorexia may include: weight loss, poor appetite, lethargy, yellowish skin. Individuals experiencing the disorder may restrict their diet in unhealthy ways, such as abusing laxatives and exercising excessively.
Being thin is seen by people with anorexia to be directly correlated with self-worth.
People with eating disorders often suffer from body dysmorphia: seeing themselves as overweight when they are actually dangerously malnourished
Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that involves recurrent binge eating followed by compensatory behaviours, such as purging or fasting. People with bulimia nervosa tend to eat large amounts of food in a short time period (a few minutes to one hour), which often results in uncomfortable fullness and physical illness.
This overeating is then followed by purging: self induced vomiting, consumption of laxatives and diuretics, or excessive exercise to compensate for the excess calories consumed.
Although they are quite different, both disorders have similar traits—namely abnormal patterns of restrictive energy intake leading to unhealthy weight loss, as well as underlying anxiety disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or generalized social anxiety disorder (GSAD).
Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a medical condition that causes people to lose control over their eating habits. A person with BED usually experiences short-term uncontrolled impulses for excessive food consumption several times a week.
BED typically occurs in people of normal weight, but can lead to the development of obesity. Consequently, those with BED often suffer feelings of distress and disgust associated with their binge eating impulses. Having these emotions only encourages them to continue using food as a coping mechanism for difficult mental conditions they may be experiencing, creating an unhealthy cycle that is hard to break free from.
Other kinds of disorders:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a condition that causes recurring, unwanted thoughts and compulsions. The repetitive behaviours can significantly interfere with daily activities and social interactions.
For people without OCD, distressing thoughts or repetitive behaviours are disturbing, but do not typically disrupt their day-to-day lives. For those with OCD, however, these thoughts are persistent, and the behaviour is usually rigid. When a person with OCD does not complete an obsessive thought or compulsive action, it causes great distress. They might know that their obsessions are unrealistic, but this knowledge alone does not prevent them from struggling daily with their thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
If a person with OCD does not complete an obsessive thought or compulsive action it can cause great distress
Pica is an eating disorder in which a person eats substances not usually considered food. Young children often put non-food items (such as grass or toys) in their mouths because they are curious about the world around them. But children with pica go beyond that and eat substances that can lead to health problems.
Rumination is a rare condition in which people grind down and bring up food, usually from the stomach. Once the food is back in their mouth, it is chewed or spit out.
Rumination can occur after every meal and may appear effortless. The regurgitated food doesn’t usually taste sour or bitter because it hasn’t had time to mix with stomach acid or be digested since the food was last consumed.
This disorder causes no discomfort and people suffering this disorder do not normally appear stressed, upset or disgusted.
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder is an eating disorder characterized by persistent failure to meet nutritional and energy needs.
A condition known as ARFID is often associated with a psychiatric comorbidity, such as anxiety and OCD. This condition affects both genders and is more common in children and young adolescents; it also can affect late adolescent adults.
Traditional and alternative treatments: how do they work to treat eating disorders?
Eating disorders are psychological conditions, and traditional treatments include therapy (including cognitive behavioral therapy) and antidepressants. However, these treatments do not affect the underlying issue or damaging habits sufficiently enough to address it.
These issues are mostly related to psychological problems; so, therapies such as psychotherapy and antidepressant medications are often prescribed to help with these mental health issues.
However, neither psychiatric remedies nor antidepressant medications have shown sufficient efficacy in addressing the underlying mental health issues or harmful eating habits.
Numerous studies have shown the therapeutic effects of CBD against different disorders like chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. But how can it help eating disorders?
Scientific research on cannabis and eating disorders
Mammals and humans share a cellular signaling system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) consists of receptors and activators that send messages between cells in the body, using two different substances – cannabinoids and receptors.
There are two main groups of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors, which are mainly located in the brain, mostly influence coordination, mood, and emotions. The majority of CB2 receptors, primarily found in the immune system, affect inflammation and pain.
Evidence suggests the ECS regulates body weight and appetite; so it is no surprise to learn that people with eating disorders often have an endocannabinoid system that is not functioning correctly.
Benefits of using CBD and cannabis for anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders: cannabis
We all know the stereotype of somebody who smokes a lot of cannabis. They eat …..loads!!
There is a good scientific reason for this. There are many compounds in the cannabis plant that increase our hunger levels, and THC is among the most significant.
Unfortunately THC is also the cannabinoid that produces psychoactive effects. It is illegal in many countries and most cannabis products can only legally contain up to 0.3% THC.
If, however, you are in a country where cannabis is legal or decriminalized, this might be a good place to start. Cannabis generally comes in three different types: sativa, Indica and hybrid.
Sativa cannabis is psychoactive. It’s good for being creative and active. It definitely doesn’t make you sleepy. It will stimulate the appetite but be aware that this “heady” high can also make you nervous and cause anxiety.
Indica strains are at the other end of the spectrum. They give you more of a body high than a mental high and will make you sleepy. They are great for smoking or vaping before going to bed and are excellent for calming the mind. These are generally preferable for people suffering from anxiety.
As their name implies, these are a mix of both Sativa and Indica and as such each will have different properties. If you are going to go this route, it is a good idea to do some research beforehand, look up the effects (a website like Leafly can help you) and see what other people recommend.
Benefits of using CBD and cannabis for anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders: CBD
For those who live in countries where cannabis is prohibited, or simply do not want to risk a “high” CBD is still generally available and fortunately has many benefits for eating disorders:.
CBD boosts levels of anandamide – the body’s “happy” chemical
CBD oil has great mood-boosting benefits.
Anandamide is the body’s natural cannabinoid and is responsible for maintaining a happy mood. When your body is unable to create enough anandamide or cannot properly process the amount it creates, it causes a low.
CBD seems to raise anandamide levels when they begin to drop. Observere say it also enhances anandamide signaling, helping to manage mood disorders
Additional compounds found in a full-spectrum oil (terpenes: borneol, eucalyptol, limonene, and d-linalool) also provide additional mood-boosting effects.
People with eating disorders typically have a dysfunctional balance of hunger hormones, feeling satisfied even when their stomachs are empty.
Cannabinoids, particularly THC, flip the hunger switch in the brain’s hypothalamus, which stimulates food cravings – known as “the munchies”. It also promotes the formation of ghrelin, the hormone that makes us want to eat.
CBD has been shown to lower anxiety levels in people with anorexia nervosa, which can be helpful for sufferers.
Side effects of using CBD and cannabis for anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorder
Though rare, CBD can cause side effects such as:
- Dry mouth,
CBD can cause interactions with other medications you are taking, such as blood thinners so it is important to check this with a doctor first.
Best cannabis and CBD for eating disorders: the difference between Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate
When you buy a full spectrum CBD oil, you are buying much more than just CBD. This oil contains trace elements of all the 113 cannabinoids of cannabis: CBD, CBG, CBN and CBC to name just a few, as well as a small amount of THC, the psychoactive element found in marijuana.
All of these cannabinoids have their own individual therapeutic benefits. But when combined together, they compliment each other and work in harmony, in what is called the Entourage Effect.
This means that whilst CBD is effective, it works better when it’s combined with the other cannabinoids and terpenes. Just like an orchestra, where each instrument contributes to the whole of the symphony, the whole of the cannabis plant is greater and more powerful than the sum of its parts.
Full spectrum oil is a great option for eating disorders because it contains THC, which is an appetite stimulant. However it is important to note that THC can also provoke anxiety which may be a factor behind the disorder.
If you choose to try a full spectrum oil, start slowly, with a very low dose 3 times a day, and build up. If you experience anxiety, stop, and move over to a non THC-containing option, such as a broad spectrum product.
Like full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD products contain most of the compounds and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, such as CBC and CBG; and terpenes, such as myrcene, limonene, or pinene. Crucially, though, a broad spectrum oil will typically contain little or no THC or CBN (the cannabinoid that THC degrades into). This means that whilst it is less likely to stimulate the appetite, it is better for those suffering from an anxiety disorder.
CBD Isolate, as the name suggests, contains just pure CBD and its efficacy depends very much on the type of eating disorder you are treating.
As well as helping improve mood, sleep and anxiety levels, pure CBD has been shown to inhibit appetite which is definitely not a good idea for somebody suffering from anorexia. For this you need a full spectrum product, containing all of the cannabinoids including THC. Or, if legally available where you live, a product containing higher THC levels that can provoke “the munchies”
However, for those who have an issue with binge eating, Isolate offers pure relief from food cravings which is obviously ideal.
Forms of CBD and cannabis available
CBD oils and tinctures
CBD oil is a combination of cannabidiol extract, and a carrier oil such as coconut oil (MCT oil), hemp seed oil or olive oil. It also includes other components like terpenes and flavonoids, as well as other minor cannabinoids.Essential oils may be added to improve the flavour of the mixture.
CBD tinctures are alcohol-based CBD extracts. This product is made using high-proof alcohol as a solvent.
Flowers and buds
A range of factors influence the efficacy of CBD including how it enters your system and the amount you take.
When you vape or inhale smoke, cannabinoids enter your bloodstream through blood vessels inside the lungs. This is a super quick method and most people get almost instant relief, feeling the effects within just 2 minutes. The downside is that the effects don’t last so long, and within half an hour to an hour they will have worn off.
CBD edibles include candy, brownies, and cookies among many others. They are easy to make at home, just mix cannabidiol oil into foods like chocolate or smoothies.
Obviously by their nature CBD edibles are a complicated choice for somebody with an eating disorder. They also deliver their CBd more slowly than other methods as it has to pass through the digestive system in order to be absorbed. If you are looking to take CBD orally you are probably better off with either an oil or capsules or pills.
Pills and capsules
Like edibles, pills and capsules deliver their effects more slowly than other forms as they have to pass through the digestive system before they start working. This means they are less effective at relieving immediate cravings but have longer lasting benefits on mood and sleep quality compared to inhalation methods like vaping CBD flowers or extracts directly into your lungs.
Skin creams, lotions and massage oils
These are great for topical use, and can also have a helpful relaxing effect if used in massage, but as a main CBD source for an eating disorder, they are probably not the best option.
Dosage recommendations for those who suffer from anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders
When you first try CBD treatment, it’s essential to start with a small dose and work your way up from there. It’s fine to start with 2mg or 4 mg and increase the dosage every couple of days until you feel relief.
Eating at the dinner table with others can help promote healthy eating habits and reduce overeating
Other treatments and lifestyle changes that may be helpful with eating disorders
Recovering from an eating disorder can take many months. Here are some things that should help:
1. Eat more high-fibre foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Your body digests these foods slowly so they will help keep you feeling full longer.
2. Eat at the table instead of in front of the TV or computer screen. Eating with others helps promote healthy eating habits by increasing awareness of proper portion sizes and food choices. Research shows it also reduces overeating.
3. Add some exercise to each day even if it is only a short walk or climb up the stairs. Exercise gets your heart pumping which delivers blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
4. Get enough sleep on a regular basis; studies show that lack of sleep can lead to hormone imbalances which can trigger cravings.
5. Ditch the diet soda, gum or candy to curb cravings for sweets. Choose water instead when a craving hits; it will help fill you up.
6. Make sure to eat breakfast, it sets the tone for the day and can help prevent overeating later in the day.
Eating disorders can be difficult to treat and it’s important that you find a doctor who is experienced with these illnesses. However, there are some promising options out there for people looking for help. Cannabis and CBD may not cure an eating disorder but they could provide relief from the symptoms of bulimia, anorexia or binge-eating disorder by reducing anxiety levels, calming mood swings and stimulating the appetite.
We hope this blog post has given you a better understanding of what CBD is and how it works when treating different types of eating disorders.