Inflammation & Obesity: Can Cannabis Help Break The Cycle? – The Fresh Toast

Posted: February 8, 2020 at 8:53 am

Like most chronic lifestyle-relateddiseases, inflammation is at the core.Obesity is no different.When it comes to obesity,manydoctorsoftenprescribe a slew of medications totreat the accompanying co-morbidities of obesity, such as highblood pressure, elevatedcholesterol, anddysregulated bloodglucose.Inflammation, of course, is at theroot of high blood pressure, high cholesterol,andhigh blood sugar.

Substances,called cytokines, which are secreted by immune system cells, can create otherhealth issues, includinginsulin resistance.Insulin resistance,aprecursor of type 2 diabetes,which is frequently (but not always) related to obesity.Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, do nothappenovernight. They happen over a lifetime of lessthanoptimal lifestyle habits. Ahabitualdiet high in sugar and processed food raises blood sugar,which tells the body to make insulin to clearglucosefrom the bloodstream.

Chronic consumption ofthese foodsforces the body to produce increasing amounts of insulin in order to keep up with the increasing influx of sugar. Eventually, the body becomes desensitized and insulin stops responding. The result is high blood sugar,which causes more inflammation,further exacerbatinginsulin resistance. And, so thevicious, unhealthycycle continues.

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Reaching forsugary, processedfoodsbecomes the routine way of eating,which may be related toendocannabinoid(ECS)signaling.All roads lead to the endocannabinoid system. ECS signaling involves the activation of receptorsby endocannabinoids, triggering specific actions in the body.

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Signaling in the gut may drive overeating of the Standard American Diet (SAD) of processed, low-nutrient foods, which leads to elevated levels of endocannabinoids and potentially more overeating. What eventually happens when consumption of processed, sugary foods increases? Insulin resistance. Now, we are back at the beginning of the cycle again.

The question is: how toreducethe inflammation?Changing eating habits to follow an anti-inflammatory food plan is vital. For those with endocannabinoid system dysfunction and resultant food addiction, changing lifestyle routines can be challenging. Consulting with a nutritionist who is well-versed in the endocannabinoid system is helpful.

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To kick-start quelling inflammation, adding cannabis cultivars (strains) that are high in CBD may be just what the dietitian ordered. CBD (cannabidiol)is one of the mostpotent anti-inflammatorycompounds in the plant world.In fact, the US government has a patent on this cannabinoid as an anti-inflammatory.Becausethe ECS is involved in the modulation of many physiological systems, CBD can work to combat inflammation throughout theentirebody. Ultimately,CBD may help reduce disordered food consumption, lower inflammation, and help manage obesity.

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