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Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Inflammation Via Cannabinoids

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids are what produce the anti-inflammatory benefits of omega-3. According to the University of Illinois News Bureau, the finding “demonstrates how omega-3 fatty acids can produce some of the same medicinal qualities as marijuana, but without a psychotropic effect.” Researchers noted that the THC in marijuana works in a similar manner.

I’ve said for a long time that omega-3s have an abundance of benefits for you and your health. From helping to prevent high blood pressure to reversing hardening of the arteries to improving muscle function and, now, to reducing inflammation, it’s unquestionable that omega-3s should be an important part of your diet.

It’s important, however, to realize that omega-3 from marine animal and plant sources are NOT interchangeable. Plant-based ALA is a source of energy, while DHA and EPA are important structural elements of your cells. EPA and DHA are extensively distributed throughout your body, including your heart and brain, which is why deficiency is so detrimental to your brain and heart function.

Fatty fish and fish oil have long been the go-to sources for animal-based omega-3 fat, but if you’re thinking of supplementing, krill oil is the superior choice over regular omega-3s. It’s not only more potent, but has superior influence on your metabolism and genetic expression.

I also can’t let this go by without mentioning the benefits of medical cannabis, which has wrongfully been reclassified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance despite having no psychoactive component, meaning it cannot render you “high” and therefore has little potential for abuse. Personally, I believe there are many still undiscovered benefits of taking cannabis therapeutically. There are no real downsides; no major adverse effects. Even the psychoactive side effects are only related to the heating of the plant, and even then they're temporary and largely self-limiting.
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