Shut down your cannabis-espousing cousin Ted on the subsequent household gathering with some examine quoting of your personal: There are different methods to get the advantages of marijuana with out the smoke, in response to analysis just lately printed within the Proceedings of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Researchers discovered that marijuana isn’t the one place the place you’ll find cannabinoids, chemical compounds that bind to receptors in your physique to battle ache and irritation. It seems that your physique can convert omega-Three and omega-6 fatty acids into endocannabinoids – probably disease-fighting variations of cannabinoid compounds. Continual irritation has been related to an elevated threat of frequent illnesses similar to most cancers and autoimmune illnesses, and rising the quantity of omega fatty acids in your physique (and subsequently rising endocannabinoids) might forestall its unfold. “Irritation within the physique is a standard and wholesome response to harm or assault,” says lead examine creator Aditi Das, PhD. “Nevertheless, in illness states, there may be power irritation that must be resolved in order that the physique can restore itself.” The analysis, which was performed on animal tissue, means that the consumption of omega-rich meals similar to nuts and fish will help keep at bay illness, although additional human examine should be performed to make a strong hyperlink. Both method, don’t anticipate the identical efficiency; the kind of cannabinoids present in omegas lack any psychotropic results, so be happy to mow down on chia seeds and exit for a Sunday drive.