Cannabis for Bulimia
Most of us turn to food when we are bored, lonely, depressed, or stressed. But for people struggling with bulimia, it’s a compulsion that is followed by regret that forces them to get rid of the food that they just ate. Breaking the bulimic cycle isn’t easy to do, and it’s often not something that you can do alone.
Thankfully there is help for people living with bulimia, and with the proper treatment, support, and use of medical marijuana, you can stop the cycle and develop a healthy relationship with food.
Now let’s take a look at how medical marijuana and eating disorders, specifically bulimia, go hand and hand.
What is Bulimia Nervosa?
Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder. The repeated binge eating followed by excessive vomiting episodes is a mental roller coaster that puts your health at risk. This condition is more than just the desire to binge eat food to feel better; it’s a compulsion that you cannot seem to control.
Can being bulimic kill you? Yes, this repetitive binging and purging cycle creates chemical imbalances that cause severe damage to your digestive system. These imbalances affect the function of many organs, including your heart, which can be fatal.
While this condition is most common among younger women, it can affect women and men of any age. Because bulimia is a severe mental health disorder with biological influences medical marijuana is a good treatment method. The psychological and biological components of eating disorders are addressed through marijuana treatments.
How Can Medical Marijuana Help With Eating Disorders?
So do smoking and bulimia really go together?
Firstly, the use of cannabis doesn’t only come in smoking form. You can use edibles, tinctures, or vapors, and they will be just as useful. You’ll need to have your condition certified by a doctor that can recommend the use of medical marijuana.
Most bulimia sufferers are manic, depressed, anxious, self-medicating, moody, and disinterested in activities. Medical marijuana is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, but when it comes to bulimia, medical marijuana by itself should not be the only form of treatment for these symptoms.
Medical marijuana helps by helping you to be less anxious and aids in soothing depression. Both of which help to promote a better sleep pattern. Because people with bulimia have a compulsion disorder, it’s important that they do not self-medicate with marijuana; this can lead to overuse which might trigger binge eating.
A medical professional will supervise and monitor the effects that medical marijuana has on the patient and adjust accordingly.
Breaking the Bulimic Cycle
The first step to breaking the bulimic cycle is finding the right mix of treatment. This will include choosing a therapist, dietician, medical doctor, and psychiatrist. This type of therapeutic support system will address the many issues associated with can address the condition from many different angles.
By working with a dietician, you will learn about proper nutrition and how to re-regulate your body with the right foods. And learning how to train your body to eat will help to break the binge-purge cycle.
Working with a nutritionist to help create a meal plan is another important step. Their guidance aids in understanding what foods are best to eat that allows your body to stay fueled and reduces the urge to binge eat.
A therapist helps provide feedback to break the negative thinking patterns and understand your triggering behaviors.
Your medical doctor plays an important role in the recovery process. But be sure that they specialize in eating disorders, and they will have a better understanding of the specific medical concerns and know what signs to look for.
Working with a physician will help you discover any mineral and nutrient deficiencies or internal organ damage that you may have due to your bulimia. Be sure that you keep up with your regular appointments so that you can stay on track.
And lastly, a psychiatrist is often a great addition and required for mental health care. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, they will prove to be helpful to break the cycle.
Can CBD Help With Bulimia?
Yes, CBD helps to improve your mood associated with bulimia by reducing anxiety. There is a variety of medical marijuana strains, and you can discuss these strains with your cannabis doctor. Choosing medical cannabis with higher CBD levels and lower or no THC is the best strain for bulimia.
Unlike THC that stimulates an appetite, CBD actually reduces your appetite.
There are different strains of weed for anorexia and bulimia. The best strains are going to be the ones that have higher levels of CBD, such as qleaner weed and purge weed. Both of these are strains of Sativa.
How to Get Help with Medical Marijuana
Each state has different qualifying medical conditions and different processes of applying. Still, all of them will require you to see a doctor that can qualify your medical condition and suggest medical marijuana as the best form of treatment.
We have partnered with cannabis doctors and dispensaries across the country, and as doctors ourselves, we provide telehealth services for the states that accept these services.
We can answer any questions or address any concerns that you might have when it comes to obtaining a medical card in your state.