Bulimia – also known as bulimia nervosa – is a type of eating disorder wherein the patient repeatedly binges on food only to vomit it all up shortly afterward. This characteristic cycle of binging and purging can go on for days or even weeks, and is often done in secret. Patients who purge their food regularly often resort to desperate and creative measures to keep their habit a secret. Although primarily a mental and/or emotional disorder, bulimia can cause severe damage to the stomach, esophagus, and teeth. Longtime bingers and purgers are also at risk for malnutrition and opportunistic diseases.
Marijuana may be able to help a person with bulimia control the urge to purge. Under medical advice, marijuana may also be used to instill a healthier outlook toward food.