Appetite Loss

The natural desire or instinct to eat food is known as an appetite. Certain psychological and medical conditions, as well as conventionally prescribed medications, can cause patients to experience appetite loss, which can have serious consequences for health. Medical cannabis may help patients boost their appetite naturally.

Appetite loss is associated with many health conditions, including anorexia nervosa, depression, cancer, cystic fibrosis, anxiety and several gastrointestinal conditions. When a patient suffers from chronic loss of appetite, a wide range of health concerns can occur, including unintentional weight loss, excessive fatigue, and low mood, which can lead to disastrous effects on general health. Cannabis-based treatment options have been shown to help with low appetite issues. 


How can medical cannabis help with appetite loss?


Medical cannabis can help with appetite loss by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a part in regulating hunger. Compounds in cannabis, particularly THC, can stimulate appetite, making food more appealing. If you're experiencing appetite loss, you may find positive outcome from cannabis-based therapy options. 


Is medical cannabis prescribed for appetite loss in the UK?


In the UK, medical cannabis can be prescribed for appetite loss, but usually under specific circumstances, such as part of cancer treatment or for chronic conditions that cause severe symptoms. It's not the first-line treatment and is typically considered when other therapies have failed. Always consult with a prescribing specialist for personalised advice.


What should I tell my prescribing specialist if I'm considering medical cannabis for appetite loss?


Inform your prescribing specialist about your medical history, current symptoms, and any previous treatments for appetite loss. Discussing your lifestyle, dietary habits, and any reservations or questions about using medical cannabis is also important. This will help them assess whether medical cannabis is suitable for you.

If you would like to learn more about how medical cannabis may help with appetite loss, reach out to Releaf!


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