- Why you should view cannabis as food and regularly include it in your diet.
Since we were children, we’ve been drilled over the pyramid-shaped diet that we’re supposed to be consuming.
Of course, the exact shape and contents of that pyramid have changed as our understanding of metabolism, food, and health outcomes has evolved.
It’s time to argue for another adjustment in the shape of that pyramid. It’s time that the pyramid grows some cannabis leaves.
Here’s why you include CBD in your diet.
- Cannabis is food.
Every species fills a niche for a particular reason: there is room to exploit another species for its own propagation.
Cannabis is no different.
An apple tree produces apples filled with nutrients and vitamins because it knows animals will eat the fruit and propagate its seeds.
The effort the tree puts into creating the complex compounds that other animals need to survive is a way by exploiting the vitamin and nutrient deficiencies that animals develop as a process of their own metabolism.
Fruit would not have evolved if there weren’t animals and insects to eat it.
Cannabis does something similar, and it wouldn’t have evolved without vertebrates to consume it.
It produces compounds that mimic endocannabinoids because there is a significant population of animals that have benefitted from an outside source of phytocannabinoids.
Apples are food, cannabis is food.
Their chemical profiles supplement natural metabolic pathways.
- Keep your body in better shape.
One of the main compounds found in cannabis is cannabidiol, or CBD.
It’s a chemical mimic of an endogenous cannabinoid: 2-arachidonylglycerol, or 2-AG.
So, what does CBD do for us and why should we eat it?
A report from 2011 showed that CBD may play a role in controlling body weight.
The research, which was published in the journal, Neuroscience Letters, examined how rats reacted to the consistent dosing of CBD.
After two weeks of application, they concluded that “the results suggest that CBD has the ability to alter body weight gain, possibly via the CB2 receptor.”
Interestingly, they also showed that the response in body weight gain to CBD may be dose-dependent.
A 2018 report elucidated further on the issue.
The authors, Rossi et al., indicated that the stimulation of CB2 receptors “promotes anti-obesity effects by reducing food intake and weight gain.”
The report, which was published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, also indicated that endocannabinoid receptors are integral to “transforming white adipose tissue towards beige or brown adipocytes.”
In other words, CBD may help with anti-obesity efforts.
- Reduce your inflammation.
In 2010, a report was published which looked at how rats responded to injections of CBD.
In it, the researchers noted that “acute, transient joint inflammation was reduced by local CBD treatment.”
Another, more recent report, noted that CBD has been identified as an effective way to manage Crohn’s disease.
The oral application of CBD was mentioned as the best way to consume it.
So, including CBD in your diet may help reduce inflammation in a natural way.
Time to add it to your food pyramid!
Those are three solid reasons to include CBD in your diet. How are you doing it? Let us know how you include CBD in your diet and what it does for you in the comments below!
By Nicholas D.
Professional Cannabis Writer and Content Creator