Your Guide to Cannabis and an 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?
Dr. Weil is internationally respected for his pioneering work in integrative medicine. He is the founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health. He earned his undergraduate degree in botany from Harvard and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. As a medical intern, he conducted the nation’s first human trials using cannabis in 1969.
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.