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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.

Common signs to notice in an individual with orthorexia:

About Eating Disorders

Common signs to look for in a person with an OSFED:

Despite its vague-sounding name, OSFED is as serious as any other eating disorder- but it does encompass a wide range of symptoms, some of which we might recognise. OSFED is considered an umbrella-term for individuals who experience atypical or a wealth of symptoms which cannot be defined by one specific diagnostic criteria, ie: a person displaying symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and ARFID all at once or a person who suffers from atypical anorexia with bulimic tendencies.

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.

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.

How do we deal with this dilemma? We begin with a very extensive physical and psychological diagnostic assessment for the history of the eating disorder and substances use/abuse. We need to determine whether the patient can participate in our program, and whether they are using edibles, tinctures, or smoking. Are they using Indica or Sativa? Can we wean them off the higher levels of THC with a mix of CBD and a much lower percentage of THC? And finally, what withdrawal effects such as irritability, insomnia and changes in appetite need to be treated while still focusing upon their compromised emotional and medical state due to 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.

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.

Carbohydrates are good for you in moderation but eating too many carbs can lead to insulin resistance and excessive weight gain. Carbohydrates increase the serotonin release in your brain which is why so many people find themselves snacking on these foods. This serotonin release can make people accidentally turn to food as medicine because it is involved in your sleep, pain, mood, and blood pressure.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the chemical that we find in the cannabis sativa plant. That’s right; cannabis can help you stop binge eating. This chemical isn’t like the famous THC that gets you high and gives you the munchies, though that chemical has plenty of health benefits we can’t rule out. CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system differently, preventing it from giving you intoxicating effects like THC.

Cannabinoid Receptors

The endocannabinoid system runs as a regulator for your body through a process called homeostasis. This system is the reason that you get a fever when there is a virus trying to wreak havoc on your body, and why you don’t stay sad forever after something upsets you. This system is made up of three major parts, endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and metabolic enzymes.

Endocannabinoids have to come from somewhere, right? One thing that is interesting about these organic chemicals is that they are made on demand, unlike many neurotransmitters that sit in vesicles in your brain waiting to be used. Metabolic enzymes run the role of synthesizing endocannabinoids when we need them and breaking them down when they are no longer in use.

Did you know that binge-eating is the most common eating disorder? Though many think of it as something to chastise, it’s a serious condition that affects about 2.8 million Americans. This disorder is even more common than breast cancer and HIV. It is the breeding ground for diabetes, heart disease, bone disease, and mental health disorders. If you are someone who suffers from binge-eating disorder, CBD might be the help you need to get into a healthy lifestyle.