Appetite Disorders and Medical Cannabis

It is well known that cannabis medicine has the ability to stimulate appetite. It’s part of popular culture known as the “munchies”. Historically, using cannabis as an appetite stimulant goes back to ancient Indian and Chinese medicine. During the 1980’s when AIDS first emerged it was known that medical cannabis helped against cachexia, also known as wasting syndrome.

Poor Appetite

The medical term for decrease in appetite is anorexia. Any illness can reduce appetite.

If the illness is curable, then normal appetite should return. It is common among elderly patients to have a decrease in appetite. But emotions can trigger it also such as stress, depression, and sadness. Certain cancers can also lead to a decrease in appetite such as colon cancer. Other causes such as chronic kidney and liver failure, hypothyroidism, heart failure can contribute to anorexia.

If you are losing weight without trying and would like to learn more if medical cannabis could improve your appetite please contact our office at 626-817-9025.

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