While cannabis may provide a valuable alternative treatment for anorexia, the seriousness of the condition warrants consulting a specialist and enlisting support through peer groups. Two organizations, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), provide valuable online resources.

It may be some time before mainstream medicine embraces cannabis as part of an overall treatment program for anorexia. However, it hasn’t stopped patients in states where it is (and isn’t) a qualifying condition. So, research continues to shed light on how cannabis may or may not play a role in recovery. Nevertheless, prospective patients should consult a professional and carefully consider the pros and cons of cannabis as a treatment before embarking on a cannabis-based treatment. Also, keep in mind that dosing, strains, intake methods (e.g. vaping, tinctures, edibles), can all influence outcomes. So it may take a little trial and error to find what works best.

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