It seems that some bright boffins asked themselves the question, “If marijuana causes the munchies, what’s the deal with people who have disorders like anorexia or bulimia and don’t eat right?” They rewrote that question in a much more scientific way, did a study, and found that women with anorexia either had low levels of endocannabinoids in their bodies or had lower CB1 receptor function.
Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring substances created by the brain which affect the body’s internal functioning in ways much like the cannabinoids you get when ingesting marijuana. The CB1 receptors are the main structures that accept chemical messages from cannabinoids, whether internally produced or not.
The study also found that both anorexia and bulimia patients had CB1 receptor availability issues in a particular brain location. So now we can expect some “chicken-and-egg” studies to discover whether the low level of cannabinoids actually causes these eating disorders, or whether having the disorders causes brain changes and cannabinoid deficiency.
Just two months ago, we noted that a different study showed that marijuana users were less likely to be obese. Now we’re seeing that low levels of cannabinoids in the body are associated with serious eating disorders. All this adds to the growing body of evidence that the human body needs a certain level of cannabinoids to function properly. And if that ever gets proven beyond a reasonable doubt, it would be interesting to see the politicians behind the War On Marijuana get charged with crimes against humanity.
(Uptoke to Steve Elliott at Toke Of The Town)