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WIRE: Study shows oral THC safe and effective treatment for symptoms of anorexia

Jerusalem, Israel: The daily administration of low doses of oral THC is associated with treating various symptoms associated with anorexia nervosa, according to clinical trial data published in The Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences.

Investigators with Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Eating Disorders Institution at the University of Haifa assessed the daily use of up to 2mgs of oral THC in patients suffering from chronic anorexia. Participants in the open-label trial ingested THC for a period of three weeks.

Researchers reported significant improvements in participants’ self-reported body care, depression, and asceticism (avoidance of all forms of indulgence). Authors further reported that all but two of the nine patient participants gained weight over the course of the trial.

“The present study is the first to show improvement in the psychological symptoms of patient with AN (anorexia nervosa) when treated with delta-9-THC, without side effects,” authors concluded. “These encouraging results on a group of chronic AN patients suggest that low doses of delta-9-THC should be further studied as an adjunct to the treatment of patients with AN.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “The impact of delta-9-THC on the psychological symptoms of anorexia nervosa: A pilot study,” appears in The Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences.

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