Anorexia Nervosa and Medical Marijuana

"Prozac and Lexapro took away my anxiety, but they made me feel numb, apathetic, and flat, just like my eating disorder did. Marijuana does the opposite. It heightens my senses and makes me feel more connected with my emotions and the world around me." - Jessica K.


Anorexia is a disorder where body weight is abnormally low to the point where the condition is potentially life threatening.  Anorexia can be caused by several reasons:

  • Psychosis - aberrant belief that low weight is beneficial to survival
  • Occupational psychosis- Models, dancers, athletes who benefit from a skill physique
  • Disease that limits food intake
  • Digestive disorder which limits absorption
  • Parasites, toxins


"I tried being anorexic for four hours, and then I was like, I need some bagels." - Kat Dennings

“My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse.”  - Kate Le Pagere



  • Extreme weight loss
  • Too thin
  • low blood count / irregular pulse / low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness / fainting / fatigue
  • Bluish fingers, thinning hair, broken nails, dry skin
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Constipation
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Dehydration
  • Osteoporosis
  • Swelling of arms or legs
  • Emotional issues / psychotic / suicidal thoughts.
  • Excessive exercise / perfectionist disorder
  • Bizarre eating patterns, amphetamines, induced vomiting, binges, fasting
  • Preoccupied with food and image, denial


Top 5 Medications for Anorexia

  • Megace          
  • Marinol
  • Cyproheptadine          
  • Megestrol       
  • Zyprexa

Megace Side Effects: Diarrhea; difficulty sleeping; gas; headache; indigestion; weakness, high blood sugar. Source: /

Anorexia Drug Side Effects, Overdose & Death - Information and Statistics



"Many studies indicate that Medical Marijuana may effectively treat Anorexia."  - Mayo Clinic

"Anorexia and bulimia is caused in great part by an imbalance in brain chemistry in the vast majority of cases.   A recent study provided some intriguing insights into the role that our own brain plays. Our body has a system called the endocannabinoid system - where ingredients in medical marijuana (called Cannabinoids) tweak receptors that affect behavior. Research has proven, beyond reasonable doubt that  exogenous marijuana can certainly affect the normal function of the endocannabinoid system - which is impaired in people with both anorexia and bulimia." - 420EvaluationsOnline

"The scientists discovered that the brain’s marijuana-like neurotransmitter system was significantly underactive in women with either anorexia or bulimia - in a part of the brain that is responsible for the integration of the taste of food with our emotional response to eating. Essentially, these women could not fully experience the pleasure of food and thus developed inappropriate rituals and responses to it. This same brain region, called the insula, has been previously linked to other eating disorders."   - Gary L. Wenk PhD

"I don't have the body image issues. Anorexia is a control thing for me - I just have to be perfect, so it's a relief to have something that allows me to let go and be more flexible and human."  - Jess

"I obsessively counted calories. The first time I smoked, I got the munchies and ate.  Weed kind of re-sorted my brain and it was impossible to remember or count calories. After smoking, I felt crazy out-of -control thoughts. Since I'd already lost track, I figured it couldn't hurt to go two days without counting, and so I started smoking more regularly and I haven't counted calories since."  - Claire


420 Evaluations Online: With this serious condition, that never should be underrated, Anorexia sufferers should consult a Medical Doctor with experience in Anorexia and quite possibly MMJ.   Here at 420EOL, we provide fast, inexpensive legal Medical Marijuana Recommendations, 100% online.  You can apply here, in minutes a licensed doctor can be evaluating your file.  Remember, there is no charge until you are approved. We also provide ID cards and growers permits.



Mayo Clinic on Medical Marijuana

The Connection Between Anorexia, Bulimia, and Marijuana

Smoking Weed May Help Treat Eating Disorders

Weed is now being used to treat anorexia

How Marijuana Helped My Eating Disorder


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