YOUR GUIDE TO CANNABIS & THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY LIFESTYLE
Andrew Weil, MD has long advocated an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle, but who knew that cannabis could be a healthy part of it?
About 20 years ago, Dr. Weil asked if seemingly unrelated conditions like coronary artery disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease might share a common cause? His premise was that inappropriate, chronic low-level internal inflammation could be a root cause. His research has since revealed that while genetics can play a role, many controllable lifestyle factors actually boost unhealthy internal inflammation. Such factors include stress, environmental toxins, nutrition and exercise.
Dietary choices have a major impact on chronic low-level inflammation. The Standard American Diet (SAD), featuring refined, processed and manufactured foods, is certainly a culprit, especially given the unhealthy fats in fried foods in fast food outlets.
The good news is that much of this dietary damage can be reversed by emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables, high-quality proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and plenty of herbs and spices.
Dr. Weil also recommends consuming cannabis seeds (edible hemp seeds) as a rich source of healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are an excellent protein source that contains vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.