How MMJ Health can help Anorexia Patients

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa, also more commonly known as anorexia, is an eating disorder identified by a distorted body image that results in dangerous or excessive weight-loss caused by self-starvation. Often associated with a fear of being overweight, individuals suffering from anorexia attempt to control their weight, comparing a slim stature with their self-worth. Anorexia is a psychological disorder that can develop regardless of one’s gender, age, race, or cultural background.

Symptoms of Anorexia

It can be difficult at times to notice signs or symptoms of anorexia, as it can vary based on an individual’s size and body weight. Those who suffer from anorexia nervosa may experience physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Physical Symptoms:
Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Different Types of Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa can be classified into two subtypes: restricting and binge-eating/purging, both of which can be life-threatening and extremely damaging to the body.

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Restricting anorexia occurs when an individual places a severe restriction on what they choose to consume. Typically, those suffering from this subtype of anorexia often count their calories, can be found skipping meals, and avoid food types that can lead to weight gain.

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The second subtype of anorexia involves a pattern of binging on large amounts of food periodically and purging the food shortly after either through activities such as self-induced vomiting, or excessive use of laxatives.

Diagnosing Anorexia

To diagnose anorexia nervosa, your physician will look for several physical and behavioral signs to access the current severity of the disorder, and rule out any other medical causes for the weight loss. Your health professional will access the following:
Please see a licensed doctor to get properly diagnosed with anorexia. MMJ Health has professional and knowledgeable Medical Marijuana Specialists that can create a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

Diagnosing Anorexia

To diagnose anorexia nervosa, your physician will look for several physical and behavioral signs to access the current severity of the disorder, and rule out any other medical causes for the weight loss. Your health professional will access the following:
Please see a licensed doctor to get properly diagnosed with anorexia. MMJ Health has professional and knowledgeable Medical Marijuana Specialists that can create a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

What can a Florida Medical Marijuana clinic do for Anorexia?

There is little research on whether or not cannabis can be an effective treatment for anorexia nervosa. However, marijuana is commonly used for those suffering from cancer or HIV/AIDS, due to its ability to assist with uncontrolled weight loss, anxiety, and nausea, which are also common symptoms of anorexia. Commonly known as the “munchies”, chemical compounds in cannabis react with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates the brain and often leads to appetite-enhancing properties. For these reasons, medical cannabis can be a potential treatment option for those suffering from anorexia. Anyone dealing with the mental disorder should first see a certified physician to be diagnosed and address the underlying psychological factors attributed to anorexia.

Under Amendment 2, anorexia may be a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card in Florida.

If you are currently suffering from anorexia nervosa and would like to talk to our certified Florida Marijuana doctors, you can book an appointment and come to any of our 10 convenient MMJ Health locations.

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