On June 25, 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution not only for the treatment of epilepsy but also for anorexia brought on from AIDS-related conditions. Interestingly, this is the first FDA-approved drug directly derived from purified marijuana.

Anorexia is a Widespread Health Condition

Anorexia is classified as an eating disorder, but the condition can also be brought on by AIDS-related conditions, cancers, chemotherapy, malnutrition, and other chronic health disorders. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) estimates that over 30 million individuals in the United States suffer from the condition. Unfortunately, every 62 minutes someone dies as a result of anorexia.

Anorexia and the Endocannabinoid System

Sufferers of anorexia experience dramatic weight loss that is often the result of misguided perceptions of body image or because they live in constant fear of gaining an excessive amount of weight. Although for many individuals, the condition starts as a mental issue, it manifests into a chronic physical problem as the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) responds. The ECS regulates the body’s physical response to foods. Sufferers of anorexia brought on either from a severe health condition or a mental issue show signs of a very low functioning ECS.

 CBD Increases Appetite and Relieves Anxiety

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike the marijuana plant’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabinoid which causes a psychoactive response (high), CBD has no psychoactive effects on the body. CBD reacts with the body’s ECS by stimulating the CB1 and CB2 reactors in the ECS system. The response of CBD with the ECS system spurs appetite in anorexia sufferers. Furthermore, CBD also has a calming effect which is frequently beneficial to individuals who suffer from anorexia brought on from a psychological disorder. CBD, when taken in precise doses, reduces the individual’s mental need to vomit or purge by producing a feeling of calmness and alleviating anxiety. After using CBD, many sufferers of anorexia no longer worry about misconceived notions of weight or eating.

Purchasing CBD Products

Although Epidiolex is a prescription drug, CBD is now available over-the-counter in all states. Although all cannabis-derived substances remain illegal at a federal level, states have legalized the use of CBD products. Cannabidiol rich products can be purchased online, at vape shops, smoke shops, and dispensaries. CBD is available without prescription in the form of hemp-derived CBD oils, tinctures, edibles such as gummies, and vape oils. In other areas of the world, such as the United Kingdom, cannabis products will be legal for prescription treatment of health conditions on November 1, 2018, reports Troy Flowers. As of October 17, 2018, the use of all marijuana is legal nationwide for medicinal and recreational purposes in Canada. Around the world, the innumerable health benefits of cannabis are becoming more accepted.

 CBD Considerations

When purchasing CBD oil products, you should always know the source of cannabidiol. Ideally, the hemp should have been grown in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, or other reputable regions of the world. Although the FDA does not regulate CBD products, you can purchase cannabidiol from a manufacturer who has employed a third-party lab to vouch for the product’s purity and dosage.

Undoubtedly, most individuals associate marijuana use with the munchies. Everyone knows when you smoke a joint, you often start to crave food. This aspect of cannabis use is extremely beneficial for anorexia sufferers. You can enjoy the appetite stimulation of the cannabis plant without experiencing the ‘high’ associated with the plant by using pure CBD products which lack THC.