Binge eating food addiction
I've been binge eating everyday for a little over a month. I need this to stop and been considering CBDIstillery 500mg tincture to stop my compulsions and cravings. Does anyone have experience with over eating and cbd? Thanks for your time.
Vote up for CBDistillary, I do not get the munchies from it.
I also have binge eating disorder. I think mine is derived from a lot of factors. The first being, we were very poor growing up. Food need was a stressor, but was lack when we were broke and used in quantity when we celebrated. So in sadness and happiness food was a factor. So now it's pure stress, anxiety and boredom that drives me to eat. I'm new to using CBD and I do notice it helps calm my anxiety and stress. I have learned I have to recognize when I'm beginning to feel stressed and lots of anxiety. Go take it at first problem and it truly does shut it down. I hope this helps.
CBD for Eating Disorder – February 2022
Eating disorders are severe conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact health, emotions, and the ability to function in critical areas of life.
Three of the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED), and bulimia nervosa.
Most eating disorders involve too much focus on weight, body shape, and food, leading to dangerous eating behaviors. These behaviors can significantly impact the body’s ability to obtain appropriate nutrition.
Eating disorders can damage the heart, digestive system, bones, and teeth and mouth, and lead to other diseases (1 ) .
Anxiety , depression , and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are just a few additional mental health diagnoses that frequently co-occur with eating disorders.
A study of more than 2,400 individuals hospitalized for an eating disorder found that 94% of the participants had a coexisting mood disorder (2 ) .
According to The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), recent research has found that 32-39% of individuals with anorexia, 33% of those with BED, and 36-50% of those with bulimia also have depression.
Moreover, 48-51% of individuals with anorexia and 55-65% of those with BED are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. As much as 81% of those with bulimia also have an anxiety disorder (3 ) .
How CBD Can Help With Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by weight loss, difficulty maintaining appropriate body weight, and a distorted body image (4 ) .
In anorexia’s cycle of self-starvation, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function normally, resulting in serious medical consequences.
CBD may help improve mood associated with anorexia by reducing anxiety. Published in CNS and Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets, a study showed that CBD had therapeutic uses as an anti-anxiety-like and antidepressant-like compound (5 ) .
Researchers of a 2018 study published in the Frontiers in Immunology Journal , also obtained similar results, demonstrating CBD as a potential remedy to depression (6 ) .
Findings in a study support theories that brain networks regulating appetite are disrupted by chronic anxiety or stress in a manner that could promote eating disorders or obesity (7 ) .
Thus, reducing stress levels may help improve mood and encourage healthy eating.
How CBD Can Help With Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a severe, life-threatening, and treatable eating disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of consuming large quantities of food too fast and to the point of discomfort.
BED also brings about a feeling of a loss of control during the binge. Two out of three individuals with BED are labeled clinically obese (8 ) .
Individuals with BED often eat alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much they are eating. Then, they feel disgusted with themselves, depressed, or very guilty afterward.
CBD may help reduce cravings by regulating the body’s reward system so that the cravings are not that severe (9 ) .
CBD, through the actions of the endocannabinoid system, also impacts hormones that regulate appetite.
In a 2008 study , which was published in the PLOS One Journal , researchers investigated the interaction between ghrelin and the cannabinoid systems on the mechanisms underlying appetite regulation (10 ) .
The researchers found that CBD blocks a receptor in the brain of mice so that the neurotransmitter ghrelin, which stimulates the appetite, is unable to act.
They also found that the effects of ghrelin require an increased release of endocannabinoids to stimulate the appetite.
A 2001 animal study published in Nature Journal has shown that CBD could increase the levels of leptin in the brain (11 ) .
Leptin is the hormone that makes an individual feel full or satiated. Taking CBD at the end of an eating period may help curb cravings.
A 2016 study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Biotechnology at Daegu University in Korea, found that CBD might have some impact on turning white fat to brown fat, a process called ‘fat browning’ that purportedly promotes a healthier metabolism (12 ) .
As the ECS also plays a vital role in insulin regulation, the added boost from CBD might support this action.
When insulin transports glucose to the cells, the mitochondria (the cells’ energy factories) transform it into energy. However, when insulin resistance sets in, the mitochondria experience dysfunction.
In 2016, through a lab study that examined the impact of CBD on the metabolic function of fat cells, researchers noted an improvement in mitochondrial function with the application of CBD (13 ) .
According to the researchers, CBD may be explored as a potentially promising therapeutic agent for the prevention of obesity.
How CBD Can Help With Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia nervosa is a severe and potentially life-threatening eating disorder that involves a cycle of bingeing and purging behaviors, like self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating (14 ) .
In the same way that CBD may help those with BED, CBD may help individuals with bulimia not to binge.
Individuals with BED always worry or complain about being fat as they have a distorted, excessively negative body image of themselves.
CBD may help individuals with bulimia improve their mood by reducing their anxiety levels. Less worrying may encourage them to eat healthily.
The human body is usually resilient at coping with the stress of eating disorders. Laboratory tests can appear perfect even as someone is at high risk of death.
CBD has been shown to help with eating disorders by reducing anxiety and depression and through its impact on the hormones that regulate mood and appetite.
However, studies on CBD and eating disorders are limited, and the long-term effects of CBD remain unknown.
Thus, before using CBD to help with eating disorders, its symptoms, or related medical conditions, consult with a doctor experienced in cannabis use for advice.
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Budding New Considerations about the Use of Cannabis in Eating Disorder Treatment
Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Substance Dependency
Eating disorders are complex psychopathologies, which present clinical challenges for many reasons. A major one is that eating disorders often co-occur with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This includes cannabis abuse, which can begin before, concurrently with, or after the onset of an eating disorder. Given this, EDCare uses an integrative model in treating the SUD, along with other eating disorders symptoms such as anxiety, OCD, and depression.
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.
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.
- Sativa is the activating strain of cannabis that tends to energize the user and produced the “high”. It can be used to relieve the symptoms of depression, fatigue, and mood disorders.
- Indica is a more sedating strain that produces relaxation and full-body effects and is preferred by the majority of our eating disorder patients.
- Hybrids are varying functions of these two strains that are thought to balance the positive effects of both.
Cannabis and Eating Disorder Treatment
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.
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.
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?
There are many unanswered questions concerning medical cannabis usage in eating disorders. We have learned to practice “beginner’s mind” with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and lack of preconceptions or judgment when learning the adaptive function of both the eating disorder and the cannabis use.