Around 30 million people in the US suffer from eating disorders. Could CBD help?
INSYS Therapeutics and the Center for Medicinal Cannabis announced that they would be conducting a study on how CBD could benefit adults who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa. It will be performed at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine within the next year.
When they begin the clinical trial, ten adults who have been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa will be enrolled. Each participant will be over the age of eighteen. The subjects will be given either a placebo or active CBD at different doses at random.
Anorexia Nervosa has the highest death rate out of any other psychiatric disorder. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a modern disorder, but one that has been evident throughout history. Many factors have been considered as to its causes, with theories proposing that childhood trauma, peer pressure, genetics, and even societal pressures play a role.
The most common forms of treatment and support individuals suffering from the disorder receive are in-care treatments, therapy, and nutritional support. Throughout the trial, INSYS Therapeutics and the Center of Medicinal Cannabis will see how CBD affects the patient when it comes to their treatment and potential recovery.
Though there is not a definitive cure to Anorexia Nervosa, this study would allow researchers to observe the effects that CBD has on the subject’s anxiety. Individuals diagnosed with the disease typically experience high tension that is driven by the impulse of wanting to be thin.
The study could also show how CBD works to normalize the participant’s motivation and reward systems. In previous research, there have been suggestions that CBD may offer therapeutic benefits to individuals who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa and other eating disorders.
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