A Hunger for Natural Alternatives
Though widespread, Anorexia is a disease that is not completely understood. It is thought to stem from a variety of both psychological and environmental factors. Anorexia itself is characterized by an acute loss of hunger that can cause its suffers to go for extended periods of time without consuming any nutrients. In extreme cases, patients will go three and fours days without consuming any food or nutrients whatsoever. The cause is typically linked with psychological factors that relate to family trauma or other pressures from society that set arbitrary standards on aesthetic beauty for both men and women. Environmental factors such as medications, stomach disorders, and illicit drug use can also lead to this condition. The most common illegal drugs associated with the disorder include cocaine use, crystal meth, and heroin.
People that suffer from anorexia often experience severe stomach pain in addition to suffering from some form of psychological trauma or disorder. Other symptoms that occur as a result of the psychological factor can include depression and extended periods of isolation. Anorexia is one of the most deadly psychological disorders prevalent in society today. Suffers often die from heart failure or from suicide.
Treatment in most clinical settings currently involves extensive therapy and conditioning exercises to alter patterns of thinking and behavior. Pharmaceutical drugs are also often given in conjunction with this kind of treatment to alter existing chemical imbalances and ease the pain that may be associated with the physical condition of the patient. However, there is a growing reaction against using pharmaceuticals within treatment programs. The drugs often complicate the treatment process or even lead to other complications that are just as dangerous as the initial condition of anorexia.
Natural ways to combat Anorexia
As an alternative, medical marijuana has shown promising results. Inducing hunger in the patient while simultaneously easing some psychological discomfort are the kinds of effects that have encouraged doctors to further explore this option. However, the mental alleviation can be heavily dependent on the initial psychological condition of the patient prior to and during treatment. The THC present in Cannabis is the primary factor in increasing appetite. The effect has also shown to be effective for the treatment of AIDS patients and also those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In the majority of studies, patients were able to maintain a stable body weight however, the relief for those suffering from primary anorexia nervosa is not permanent due to the fact that loss of appetite is not the underlying cause of the disorder.