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One puff, maybe two, is all it takes. Within minutes, Jessica’s breathing is more regulated and her anxiety subsides. “I’m finally able to feel hungry instead of nauseous and uncomfortable,” says the 31-year-old from Denver, who asked that Cosmopolitan.com use only her first name. Jessica admits to smoking marijuana as often as four to six times a week and swears by the drug in helping her battle anorexia.
Much like meditation, Jessica says cannabis helps her slow her mind and observe her disordered thoughts, rather than get carried away by them. “I’m able to step back and see my irrational thoughts for what they are — irrational — and it gives me the space to look at it and go, ‘Wow, that’s a ridiculous thought to have; nothing bad is going to happen to me if I eat this piece of pizza,'” she says. “It also makes food taste better and eating more enjoyable, which is nice because chronic anorexia messes with your digestive tract and can sort of break your natural hunger cues.”