Do deficits in brain cannabinoids contribute to eating disorders?

Did you know that? 31 October 2011 | 0 Comments

A new report suggests that deficits in endocannabinoid function may contribute to anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Endocannabinoids are substances made by the brain that affect brain function and chemistry in ways that resemble the effects of cannabis derivatives, including marijuana and hashish. These commonly abused drugs are well known to increase appetite, i.e., to cause the “munchies.” Thus, it makes sense that deficits in this brain system would be associated with reduced appetite.

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