How Does Marijuana Affect Binge Eating Disorder?

People worry over the link between mariijuana and overeating.

Binge Eating Disorder
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We all know that smoking marijuana gives you the munchies, which makes us want to eat. A lot. It’s because THC in the plant  increases our appetite. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the US, effecting men and woman of all ages. It’s characterized by a lack of control over food. Binge eating sufferers are prone to anxiety, obesity, depression and stress. 


Since marijuana has proven to increase appetite, a lot of people wonder if it can lead to the development of this disorder, but scientific studies suggest that the reverse is the most likely outcome. Research claims that people who suffer from binge eating disorders are more vulnerable and willing to expose themselves to drugs and other substances. Victims from binge eating disorder tend to struggle with other illnesses like obesity and depression, all of which make people more willing to turn to drugs and substance abuse. 

It’s important to recognize the difference between binge eating disorder and overeating because you have the munchies. Binge eating is an illness that’s accompanied with a lot of other symptoms. If you’re gaining weight because of the munchies that marijuana causes, then you must decrease the amount of cannabis you smoke and find other ways to cope with your situation.

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