Little to no appetite affects us all from time and time and can be the result of an illness, busyness, emotional upset, stress, or a number of other reasons. In most instances, the appetite returns after the illness is over or the stressful event has passed. However, there are some individuals who exhibit a chronically poor appetite. This can be due to an underlying condition such as anorexia or be the side effect of a treatment. HIV HAART treatments and cancer’s chemotherapy treatments are the most notorious for causing a poor appetite and can cause patients to become dangerously malnourished. Now that medical marijuana is legal in most states it comes in handy for the poor appetite treatment.
When an individual has a chronic poor appetite, they can develop conditions due to lack of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They can also suffer from low energy, a chronic chill, brain fog, and a number of other symptoms that make it difficult for them to enjoy a high quality of life. For those who are undergoing treatment for a disease, not eating enough hinders their ability to heal and stand up to the sometimes draining and difficult treatments they need to undergo to prolong their lives.
Symptoms of Poor Appetite
The person with a poor appetite has a set point that remains at a dangerously low level. It does not receive the signals that the body’s set point is supposed to get so that it triggers the urge to eat. Consequently, food no longer has the appeal that it should. As a result, healthful food does not get eaten and does not nourish the system of the person with the poor set point enforcer (poor appetite).
As a person continues to not take in enough nourishment, their stomachs shrink and they feel they need food less and less. This causes a cycle of not eating, which leads to a decreased desire for eating, which then leads to eating even less. It’s vital to stimulate the appetite in these individuals so they can stop the cycle and begin to take in the nutrients needed for a healthy life.
What Else Could It Be?
Physical activity can lower the appetite set point over time and lead to a reduced appetite. Hence, a person that has recently engaged in great physical activity might not have an overpowering desire for food. The absence of that desire might be perceived by some as evidence of a poor appetite.
A patient in the hospital that is receiving antibiotics by IV might show little interest in the food that comes in on a tray. Some antibiotics cause the appetite to diminish. Such a patient might find that even a “favorite food” no longer seems appealing. Restoration of a good appetite demands a change in the nature of the prescribed antibiotic.
A reduced appetite is often the symptom of some underlying condition. It’s vital for an individual who is malnourished to see a doctor to discover the causes of their lack of appetite. Identifying conditions such as anorexia, liver disease, HIV, or hypothyroidism is the first step in treating them and hopefully restoring the individual to a healthy life.
How Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Poor Appetite
Marijuana is made up of over 480 natural components, 66 of which have been classified as cannabinoids. The most well-known and researched components are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana known for the ‘high’ it produces while CBD is non-psychoactive but has many health benefits. Cannabinoids interact with specific receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. In appetite stimulation, it has been shown the marijuana affects the CB1 receptor, which is active in several areas including the reward center of our brain, the hypothalamus that regulates food intake, the stomach and intestines which trigger hunger signals, and the limbic forebrain that makes food more appealing.
Why Medical Marijuana Treats Poor Appetite Better Than Traditional Treatments
There are not many alternative treatments to medical marijuana for appetite stimulation. In cases where a medication or treatment is to blame, the dose of that treatment can sometimes be altered to encourage the appetite to return. In other cases, treating the underlying condition can often have the added benefit of renewing the appetite.
Using medical marijuana in conjunction with other treatments is usually the most beneficial use of it. For example, in the case of someone with anorexia, they may see a therapist to explore all the reasons why are afraid to eat or why they believe themselves to be overweight. During this therapy, they can also use medical marijuana to stimulate their appetite as they work on overcoming their disorder.
How to Get Medical Marijuana to Treat Poor Appetite
If you suffer from a chronically poor appetite, you need to have a medical record of your diagnosis and ensuing treatments. This can come from your specialist, surgeon, or general practitioner. You then need to make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor who has been licensed in your state of residence. Most states have now legalized medical marijuana. Finding a medical marijuana doctor in your state is the first step in being approved to buy and use medical marijuana in your treatment program.
You can schedule an appointment with your MMJ doctor even online in some states. The doctor will meet with you or schedule a call with you to go over your symptoms, your medical history, and your prior treatment plans. He or she will then determine if using medical marijuana in your poor appetite treatment plan would be beneficial. If approved, he or she will issue a written recommendation that you can then use to apply for your state-issued ID card.
Along with your recommendation, you will also need to have proof of residence in the form of a mortgage or rental statement or lease. You will then fill out the necessary forms and pay the ensuing fees to apply for your medical marijuana card. If you have worked with a doctor online, this process can be done in a matter of minutes and your MM card will be in the mail the same day. Once you receive your medical marijuana card, it is good for one year and you can use it to buy medical marijuana at any approved dispensary in the state. You may also in some states use it to grow marijuana in your own home for personal medical use.
If you are interested in getting your medical marijuana ID card to treat your poor appetite, go to www.MMJDOCTORS.com for more information and to schedule your appointment.