Pot May Alleviate Anorexia, Study Says

Sydney, Australia: Cannabis may stimulate appetite in patients with anorexia, according to clinical trial data conducted by investigators at the Hadassah University Hospital in Israel.

Australian news outlets report that the administration of cannabis tincture stimulates chemicals in the brain that can boost appetite in women with the disorder. The study has not yet been published.

Cannabis has long been used historically as an appetite stimulant. Currently, a synthetic version of the cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is available by prescription in the US to treat HIV and/or cancer-related cachexia (wasting syndrome).

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